Dasha Nisula

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Dasha Nisula
Professor Emerita of Russian and Advisor Emerita of Russian
Mailing address: 
Department of World Languages and Literatures
Western Michigan University
1903 W Michigan Ave
Kalamazoo MI 49008-5338 USA
  • Ph.D., Comparative Literature, University of Southern California, 1982
  • M.A., Russian Language and Literature, Roosevelt University, 1973
  • B.A., Russian Language and Literature, Roosevelt University, 1971
Research interests: 
  • Slavic languages and literatures

Dr. Dasha Nisula is a professor emerita and advisor of Russian and world literature in the Department of World Languages and Literatures at Western Michigan University.

Nisula's research involves Slavic languages and literatures and expands on a trajectory from America in the west to Croatia and east to Russia. During the first part of her career, she worked for the Berlitz School of Languages (Chicago and Los Angeles), where she gained more than 10 years of experience in court interpretation, translation and teaching. While most of her work in translation at the time focused on business and professional matters, once she joined the faculty at WMU her activities in translation shifted primarily to literary translation. Nisula has brought a number of Slavic authors to the attention of English speaking readers. Her publications include:

  • Bibliography of Slavic Literature (Scarecrow Press).
  • English-Russian/Russian-English Glossary of Marketing Terms (American Councils for International Education: ACTR /ACCELS).
  • Two bilingual books of poetry.

Her translations have been published in such American literary journals as:

  • Absinthe: New European Writing
  • Colorado Review
  • Cross Currents: A Yearbook of Central European Culture
  • International Poetry Review
  • IQ: International Quarterly
  • Modern Poetry in Translation
  • Pennsylvania Review
  • The Dirty Goat

She is a longtime member of the American Literary Translators Association and was a volunteer member of the American Translators Association, a sub-committee on accreditation of new language pairs. She has been awarded:

  • Three National Endowment for the Humanities grants, most recently in 2009.
  • An International Research and Exchange Board grant.
  • A National Council for Eurasian grant.
  • An East European Research grant.

Nisula retired in fall 2013.