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Foreign language educator

Michael M. Naydan, American Foreign language educator. Recipient Pushkin prize, 1975, 76, 81, Columbia University, Eugene Kayden Meritorious Achievement award in translation, U. Colorado, 1993, Mihaly-Nigukat fellowship, Columbia University, 1979; grantee Schevchenko Scholarly Society, 1980, Moore Fund, 1983-1984, New Jersey Dept Higher Education, 1987-1988 (2), Woskob Fellow in Humanities, National Endowment for the Humanities, 1991-1992,95.


Naydan, Michael M. was born on October 20, 1952 in Trenton, New Jersey, United States. Son of William and Anna (Yaremko) Naydan.


Bachelor magna cum laude, The American University, Washington, 1973. Master of Arts, The American University, Washington, 1975. Master of Public Health, Columbia University, New York City, 1980.

Doctor of Philosophy, Columbia University, New York City, 1984.


Assistant professor, Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut, 1982-1986; visiting assistant professor, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, New Jersey, 1986-1988; assistant professor, Pennsylvania State University, University Park, 1988-1990; associate professor, Pennsylvania State University, University Park, since 1990. General assistant Columbia University Bakhmeteff Archive of Russian and East European History and Culture, 1979-1981. Adjunct instructor Russian Rutgers University, Newark, 1982.

Preceptor and instructor Russian, Columbia University, 1980-1982. Acting instructor Russian Yale University, 1982-1984. Head of instruction Yale Russian and Slavic Summer Language Institute, 1984-1986.

Panelist, lecturer on Russian and Slavic poets at conversations and meetings of national and international organizations.


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  • Other Work

    • Translator: (books) The Poetry of Lina Kostenko: Wanderings of the Heart, 1990, Marina Tsvetaeva's After Russia, 1992, From Three Worlds: New Writing from Ukraine, 1996, Yuri Vynnchuk's The Windows of Time Frozen and other Stories, 2000, Pavlo Tychyna's The Complete Early Poetry Collections of Pavlo Tychyna, 2000, A Hundred Years of Youth: A Bilingual Anthology of Ukrainian Poetry, 2000, Landscapes of Memory: Selected Later Poetry of Lina Kostenko, 2002, Olga Sedakova's Poems and Elegies, 2003, Igor Klekh's A Country the Size of Binoculars, 2004, Yuri Andrukhovych's Perverzion, 2005, Viktor Neborak's The Flying Head and Other Poems, 2006, The Grand Harmony, 2007. Contributor articles and reviews to professional journals and encyclopedias, translations in book chapters, journals and periodicals. Contributor poetry to Monmouth Review, 1975, Poet Lore, 1977, Bitterroot, 1979.

      Editor-in-chief Slavic and East European Journal, 1993-1998. Associate editor Comparative Literature Studies, since 1990. Associate editor and co-founder Ulbandus Review: A Journal of Slavic Languages and Lits., 1977-1984.


Member American Association for Advancement of Slavic Studies, American Association Teachers of Slavic and East European Languages, American Association Ukrainian Studies (vice president), Phi Kappa Phi.


  • Other Interests

    Avocations: tennis, squash.


Married Roxanne Robak. 1 child Liliana Marika.

William Naydan

Anna (Yaremko) Naydan

Roxanne Robak

Liliana Marika Naydan