Dr. Nadya Peterson has taught in some of the most prominent Russian language and literature programs in the country, including Princeton University, Indiana University, Johns Hopkins University, Goucher College, University of Pennsylvania and now Hunter College and the CUNY Graduate Center. She has contributed greatly to the present scholarly knowledge about Soviet and post-Soviet literature, Russian women writers, Russian education and the writer A. P. Chekhov. Dr. Peterson obtained her PhD in Russian literature from Indiana University, Bloomington.
Dr. Peterson is the head of the Russian and Slavic Studies division at Hunter College, and is also in charge of the Russian component in the Master of Arts in Translation and Interpreting (MATI). She created an ongoing cultural program that has been in operation for over a decade—a program that brings poets, fiction writers, film makers, artists and translators to Hunter so that students and citizens of New York can learn more about all things Russian.
Dr. Peterson is a published translator and editor. In the past, she was in charge of hosting Fulbright teaching assistants from Russia and, for many years, served as an evaluator for the program. She has given lectures and presentations on Russian literature and culture in various venues in New York, and taught Russian to NYC police officers so that they could communicate better with Russian speaking people.