Erica Drennan

Erica Drennan

Term Assistant Professor




232 Lefrak (2nd floor of Barnard Hall)
Tuesdays 2:30-3:30, Wednesdays 3-4, and by appt


Erica Drennan joins the Barnard Slavic Department in fall 2021 after completing her Ph.D. in Russian Literature at Columbia. A specialist in nineteenth-century Russian literature, her research investigates the relationship between ethics and aesthetics in realist fiction. Her dissertation and current book project, Reading and Judging: Russian Literature on Trial, examines public mock trials of literary characters that were performed in the early twentieth-century in order to explore how readers reinterpreted and reimagined canonical texts. She teaches courses on nineteenth- and twentieth-century Russian literature, as well as comparative literature.


B.A., Columbia University (2011)

M.A., Columbia University (2016)

M.Phil., Columbia University (2018)

Ph.D., Columbia University (2021)

  • Russian literature
  • English and comparative literature
  • Law and literature
  • Narrative ethics
  • Serial fiction

“Breaking the Frame: Leskov’s “Concerning ‘The Kreutzer Sonata’” and the Ethics of Storytelling,” Slavic and East European Journal, 2017