Wesleyan portrait of Susanne Grace Fusso

Susanne Grace Fusso

Marcus L. Taft Professor of Modern Languages

Professor of Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies

Fisk Hall, 405

Chair, Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies

Fisk Hall, 405


BA Lawrence University
MA Yale University
PHD Yale University

Susanne Grace Fusso

Susanne Fusso is a specialist in nineteenth-century Russian prose, especially Gogol and Dostoevsky.  She is the author of Designing Dead Souls: An Anatomy of Disorder in Gogol (Stanford University Press, 1993) and Discovering Sexuality in Dostoevsky (Northwestern University Press, 2006). Her most recent book is Editing Turgenev, Dostoevsky, and Tolstoy: Mikhail Katkov and the Great Russian Novel (NIU Press, 2017). Her most recent translation is of Sergey Gandlevsky's autobiographical novel Trepanation of the Skull (NIU Press, 2014). She has also published edited volumes on Gogol, Karolina Pavlova, and Russian writers' views of America, and translations of Gogol and of Prince Vladimir Sergeevich Trubetskoi. She teaches nineteenth- and twentieth-century Russian prose and poetry as well as Russian language.

Born in Kansas City, Missouri, she became interested in Russian literature while in high school and began her study of Russian at Lawrence University, from which she received a B.A. She received an M.A. and Ph.D. from Yale University, and began teaching at Wesleyan in 1985.  Her scholarly interests have been shaped by her close friendships with Russian writers and artists. See curriculum vitae here.

Academic Affiliations

Office Hours

Fri 9:30-11:30 or by appointment.


Fall 2019
RUSS 205 - 01
The 19th-Century Russian Novel

RUSS 277 - 01

Spring 2020
RUSS 220 - 01
The Russian Memoir

RUSS 251 - 01