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Renee Perelmutter

Associate Professor of Slavic Languages & Literatures and Jewish Studies
Director of Jewish Studies
Primary office:
Wescoe Hall
Room 2132
University of Kansas
1445 Jayhawk Blvd
Lawrence, KS 66045

Office Hours:

M, 11:00-12:00, R, 10:00-11:00

Curriculum Vitae

Degree: Ph.D., UC Berkeley (May 2008)

Position: Associate Professor with joint appointment in the Jewish Studies Program.

Teaching and research interests: Yiddish and Slavic morphosyntax and pragmatics, general and Jewish folklore, Jewish culture.


(Im)politeness and identity construction: Russian women’s discourse online. (monograph, to be submitted to John Benjamins in Nov. 2015)

Edited Volume:

V. Driagina and R. Perelmutter (eds.). 2010. New Approaches to Slavic Verbs of Motion. Amsterdam: John Benjamins.


(submitted) Israeli Russian Online: Variation and Performativity in an Immigrant Written Vernacular.

(forthcoming) “Israeli Russian,” in Jewish Languages: An International Handbook, Benjamin Hary and Yaron Matras (ed), Mouton.

2015 “Shaming, group face, and identity construction in a Russian virtual community for women,” in Interdisciplinary approaches to im/politeness, Marina Terkourafi (ed), John Benjamins. (forthcoming)

2014 "Resisting folklore: Folk belief and motherhood in Russian-language forums for women," Western Folklore 73:2-3, 257-279.

2013  Klassika zhanra: The flamewar as a genre in the Russian blogosphere. Journal of Pragmatics 45: 74-89.         

2012  “Interactive Properties: Modern Russian predicate adjectives in affirmative and negative contexts.” Russian Linguistics 36(1).                 

2011   “Deictic shifts in the Slavic translations from Hebrew associated with the Judaizers,” in Translation and Tradition in Slavia Orthodoxa, B. Gasparov and V. Izmirlieva (eds), Lit Verlag, Slavische Sprachgeschichte, 5.

2010  “Impoliteness recycled: Subject ellipsis in Modern Russian complaint discourse.” Journal of Pragmatics 42 (12), 3214-3231.                

2010  “Verbs of motion under negation in Modern Russian.” in New approaches to Slavic verbs of motion, V. Driagina & R. Perelmutter (eds,) pp. 163-193.     

2010    with Viktoria Hasko. “Introduction. Verbs of motion in Slavic languages: New paths for  exploration.” In New approaches to Slavic verbs of motion, Hasko, Viktoria and Renee Perelmutter (eds,) pp. 1-11. (effort each = 50%)

2009   “Pragmatic functions of reported speech with jako in the Old Russian Primary Chronicle.” Journal of Historical Pragmatics, 10 (1), 108-131.

2008   “The language of dream reports and Dostoevsky’s The Double.Slavic and East European Journal 52 (1), 55-86.

2006   with O.Gurevich, J. MacAnallen, E.Morabito, J. Platt, J. Nichols, and A. Timberlake.  “Lexicon and context in feminization in Russian.” Russian Linguistics 30 (2), 175-212.

2005  “The choice of genitive/nominative in Russian absence constructions.” Russian Linguistics 29 (3), 319-346.

Selected grants

Internal: New Faculty General Research Fund, General Research Fund


Fluent: English, Hebrew, Russian (native), and Ukrainian.

Advanced level knowledge: Yiddish (heritage), Bulgarian, Czech, and Polish.

Reading knowledge: French, German, Old Church Slavic, Old Russian, Ruthenian, Old Norse, Middle Welsh

In Memoriam

Reed Rankin ✝ 12/29/2019

The faculty and students in the Department Slavic Languages and Literatures are deeply saddened that one our undergraduate majors, Reed Rankin, passed away last week (12/29) in Fredonia, Kansas. Reed was a beloved student in the department and is fondly remembered by his peers and professors. He began studying Russian as a Freshman and stayed with a challenging but rewarding language for three and a half years, tackling introductory, intermediate, advanced levels, and even continuing his studies into his senior year with Russian for the Professions. We know that he was planning further study in Moscow in the next academic year, prior to matriculation at KU School of Law.

A thoughtful student, Reed often contributed insight and posed challenging questions in class. ​​ Reed’s dedication to the study of Russian language, culture, and history was tremendous and fueled by infectious curiosity. He showed great acumen in translating from Russian into English, always finding English-language equivalents for Russian cultural concepts through skillful use of one-liners from American films. We also treasured his ability to speak in fluid Russian about rural, farm life in Kansas, and the effects that natural phenomena, like floods, on a farming community. He was a pleasure to know and teach, and will be remembered for his kind and polite demeanor. Our thoughts are with Reed’s family at this time


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