photo Henryk Baran

Henryk Baran

Professor of Slavic Studies Program

Degree/Institution: PhD Harvard University
Office: HU 213
Fax: (518) 442-4111


Academic Focus

Russian Silver Age literature, Russian avant-garde; poetics; history of Slavic philology within a broad intellectual and political context; history of the forgery "Protocols of the Elders of Zion"


Three-time Fulbright Award winner, Henryk Baran of the Department of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures has taught more than 60 courses in his long and distinguished career, and was recognized for his research contributions last July with an honorary doctorate from the Russian State University for the Humanities in Moscow.

Baran received his graduate training in the Slavic Department of Harvard University, where he studied with Roman Jakobson, one of the leading scholars of language, literature and linguistics in the 20th century and an expert on Russian poetry. Baran's dissertation was a study of Russian futurist poet Velmir Khelbnikov. Even before completing his dissertation, he published two papers on Khelbnikov, one in a festschrift for Taranovsky and the other in the literary journal Russian Literature. Baran's research has been included in 70 articles and book chapters, as well as four edited books. A founding editor of Elementa: Journal of Slavic Studies and Comparative Cultural Semiotics, Baran was also associate editor of the Slavic and East European Journal.

His administrative experience at UAlbany includes seven years as department chair and service as graduate adviser and coordinator for the Slavic studies program. Baran has also been invited to speak at some of the most prestigious departments and programs both here and abroad, including those at Harvard, Princeton, NYU, Ohio State University, Oberlin College, Institute of Russian Language (Moscow), Institute of World Literature (Moscow), Helsinski University and Russian State University of the Humanities (Moscow).