Radha Balasubramanian, Ph.D.

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Director Global Studies rbalasubramanian1@unl.edu 402-472-3827 307 Seaton Hall

I was born in Jabalpur, India because my father was working there.  But I come from South India and speak the language, Tamil.   At home we speak both Tamil and English fluently.  After my Bachelor in Russian from Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, I was employed in Madras University in Madras teaching Russian in the evening.  In 1980 I after having worked a few years and having finished my Master’s in Russian from Central Institute of English and Foreign Languages, Hyderabad, I decided to pursue a Ph.D. in Russian literature and came to the US.  I joined the Slavic Department at Bloomington, Indiana University, Indiana as a graduate student.

After high school all my degrees (BA, MA, Ph.D.) were all in Russian language and literature. My area of specialization was nineteenth-century Russian literature with an emphasis on short fiction. My first book was on the works of a Russian writer called, Korolenko called "Poetics of Korolenko’s Short Stories." For my second book I took up Leo Tolstoy's works and India's interest in Tolstoy, and published: “The Influence of Leo Tolstoy and India" and "India on Leo Tolstoy: The Reciprocal Receptions.” Besides this I have numerous publications on well-known Russian authors, like, Dostoevsky, Bulgakov, Sholokhov, Tokareva, and others. I continue to be active and am invited to talk on Indian religion, philosophy and culture as well as Russian literature and culture by nationally and internationally at meetings and conferences.

Just looking at my biography you can see that my life is connected to huge countries: India, Russia and the U.S.  As I like to joke: “My head is in Russia, my heart is in India while I live in the U.S.”, meaning I research about Russia, while passionately read and understand India’s thought and spirit, while love my life and occupation in an university setting in the U.S.  I feel that at this stage in life, given my long work experience at UNL, I can make a difference for the students by making them more globally aware as they pursue their higher education in any field.  I am interested in exploring and making study abroad, service learning and internships available in various fields for UNL students and making Global Studies the center of students’ learning experience at UNL.


Selected Publications:

  • The Influence of India on Leo Tolstoy and Tolstoy's Influence on India: A Study of Reciprocal Receptions, The Edwin Mellen Press, Lewiston, New York, 2013. 
  • The Poetics of Korolenko's Fiction, printed by Peter Lang, Inc., New York, 1997. 
  • Inherently Russian and Inherently Roman: Tolstoy's Miniature Masterpiece "Alyosha the Pot" (Co-authored) in the online European Studies Conference Proceedings 2011, Peer-reviewed. June 2012.
  • "Tolstoy's Characterization technique: A Fresh look at through Hindu Philosophy" Building Bridges Between India and Russia A Festschrift for Professor J. P. Dimri, Kolkata: Power Publishers, Peer-reviewed. Aug. 2012, pp.95-105.
  • "Tolstoy and Buddhism" Lev Tolstoy als Theologischer Denker und Kirchenkritiker (April, 2012) in German. (peer reviewed). 7 pages in German. Peer-reviewed. To be published in 2012 (Awaiting confirmation from the editor).
  • "Parallels Between Tolstoy's Life, Writing and Hindu Philosophical Thought." "Fragmentos" (2012: Revista de Língua e Literatura Estrangeiras da Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina), pp. 93-105. Type-set and ready (peer-reviewed). Delay in publication, so may be in 2013.
  • "Anna Karenina, Anna Kareena, or Gospozha Kartyaini?: Translation and Adaptation of the novel into Tamil Language" Tolstoi i o Tolstom. M: IMLI RAN, 2010. (Prestigious publication in Russian)