M. Furman

Michael Furman

Visiting Assistant Professor - Department Chair

Department/Affiliation: Russian Studies
Phone: 330-287-1926
Office Address: 205 Kauke


  • B.A., Louisiana State University 2008
  • M.A., Ohio State University 2011
  • Ph.D., Ohio State University 2016

Courses Taught

  • Russian 101: Beginning Russian Level I
  • Russian 102: Beginning Russian Level II
  • Russian 201: Intermediate Russian Level I
  • Russian 202: Intermediate Russian Level II
  • Russian 301: Advanced Russian Level I
  • Russian 235: Modern Russian Culture
  • Co-Director of Russian Language and Culture Program in St. Petersburg and Moscow


  • “Talking to a Stranger: Linguistic and Non-Linguistic Behavior of Russian Immigrants during 2010 US Census” with Ludmila Isurin and Kate White in Language & Communication 40:38–51, 2015
  • "Impoliteness and Mock-Impoliteness: A Descriptive Analysis." Approaches to Slavic Interaction. Ed. Thielemann, Nadine.Amsterdam: John Benjamins, 2013
  • “Impoliteness and Mock-Impoliteness in Dom 2.” Proceedings of the University of Chicago Slavic Forum 1.1, 2011.


Notes: Born and raised in New Orleans, Michael’s research investigates themes ranging from the gendered nature of swearing to the evolution of hypermasculinity in contemporary Russian culture. Spanning the peaks of the macro to the valleys of the micro, his research interests include Discourse Analysis, Gender Studies, Conversation Analysis, Sociolinguistics and Cultural Studies. Currently, Michael is working on a monograph that investigates the Do-It-Yourself punk culture of St. Petersburg, Russia. Before coming to the College of Wooster, he taught at Ohio State University and worked as an editor/translator for the top football club in Russia, Zenit.