Sarah Pratt

Vice Provost for Graduate Programs and Professor of Slavic Languages and Literatures

Contact Information
Phone: (213) 740-2735
Office: THH 255



  • B.A. Russian Studies, Yale University, 5/1972
  • M.A. Russian Literature, Columbia University, 5/1975
  • Ph.D. Russian Literature, Columbia University, 12/1978

  • Academic Appointment, Affiliation, and Employment History

    • Assisant/Associate/Full Professor, University of Southern California, 09/01/1980-  
    • Assistant Professor, Oberlin College, 09/01/1977-05/30/1980  

    Description of Research

    Summary Statement of Research Interests
    Sally (Sarah) Pratt's primary interests lie in the fields of poetry and cultural relations. She is the author of three books: Nikolai Zabolotsky: Enigma and Cultural Paradigm published by Northwestern UP, Russian Metaphysical Romanticism: The Poetry of Tiutchev and Boratynskii, Stanford UP; and The Semantics of Chaos in Tjutcev, Sagner Verlag. She has published a number of articles on the Russian critic Lidia Ginzburg, and on Russian women's autobiography focusing on Lidia Ginzburg, Nadezhda Mandel'shtam, and Lidia Chukovskaia. Her most recent articles are “Pushkin Framing Mary: Blasphemy, Beauty and National Identity,” in Framing Mary: The Mother of God in Modern Russian Culture, forthcoming from Northern Illinois UP; “Back to the Future: Russian Avant-Garde Poets, Church Fathers, and Imagined Icons,” in Alter Icons: The Russian Icon and Modernity, Penn State UP, 2010; and “In-Betweenness as a Device: Notes on Lidiia Ginzburg with Digressions on Barthes and Foucault,” in Festschrift in Honor of Stanley Rabinowitz, Slavica, forthcoming 2015. Her current project continues the study of imagined icons in 20th-century poetry.


    • Pratt, S. (2000). Nikolai Zabolotsky: Enigma and Cultural Paradigm. Evanston, Illinois: Northwestern University Press.
    • Pratt, S. (1984). Russian Metaphysical Romanticism: The Poetry of Tiutchev and Boratynskii. Stanford, CA: Stanford University Press.
    • Pratt, S. (1983). The Semantics of Chaos in Tjutcev. Munich: Sagner Verlag.

    Honors and Awards

    • USC Raubenheimer Outstanding Senior Faculty Award, 2007-2008   

    Service to the University

    Administrative Appointments
    • Vice Provost for Graduate Programs, 2010-  
    • Director of Faculty Development for Humanities, 2008-