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Olga Lyanda-Geller

Olga Lyanda-Geller

Assistant Professor // SLC

Assistant Professor // Russian // SLC

Assistant Professor // Comparative Literature // SLC

Assistant Professor // Jewish Studies // SIS

Courtesy Faculty // Philosophy

Research focus:
Russian and Comparative Literature

Office and Contact

Room: SC 180


Phone: (765) 494-9390

PhD; Philosophy, Purdue University;

Candidate of Science, Samara University, Russia;

D.E.A., Philosophy, Universite Sorbonne-Paris IV University, France;

M.A., Russian Literature and Linguistics, Samara University, Russia;

M.A., Philosophy, Nayanova University, Russia



Olga Lyanda-Geller is an assistant professor of Russian, Jewish Studies and comparative literature. She holds graduate degrees in philosophy and philology (Ph.D., Purdue; Candidate of Science, Russia; DEA, Sorbonne, France.)

Lyanda-Geller’s research is interdisciplinary. Her principal interest is the nature of language, which she has been exploring from both linguistic and philosophical points of view, investigating concepts ranging from the ‘lekton’ in the Stoic doctrine, to ‘inner form’ and symbol in the German tradition (Humboldt, Herder, Hegel) and the Russian thought (Losev, Shpet, Bulgakov.) Her work focuses on various aspects of the category of meaning, different ways of expression of sense by linguistic means, and forming new concepts in language. Her current projects include research in the area of cross-disciplinary language and engineering education, classical and modern Russian and comparative literature, Jewish studies and philosophy of music.

Olga has taught various courses on philosophy, Russian language, literature, culture, Jewish studies and French in Russian and US universities. She is the author of innovative interdisciplinary courses, including Russian for Engineers and Scientists and Russian for Rocket Scientists. She is a recipient of numerous teaching awards, including the Purdue University 2020 Excellence in Instruction Award for Lecturers.


Russian language, Modern Russian literature, Philosophy of Language, History of Language, Linguistics