Dr. Laura Olson Osterman
Professor, Germanic & Slavic Languages and Literatures, University of Colorado
Laura Olson Osterman received her Ph.D. in Slavic Languages and Literatures from Yale University in 1994 and has an M.A. in Comparative Literature from Indiana University (1990). Her first book, Performing Russia: Folk Revival and Russian Identity (RoutledgeCurzon, 2004), investigated how and why intellectuals, entrepreneurs, and government policymakers reinvented Russian folk music and dance performance from the nineteenth century to the 2000s. When not teaching or researching, she might be found singing Russian or Bulgarian folk songs with Planina folk choir.