Dr. Alexander Groce

Assistant Professor of Russian



Dr. Alexander Groce is Assistant Professor of Russian in the Department of Foreign Languages.  He earned his PhD in Slavic Languages and Literatures from Harvard University (2017), following an MA in Second Language Acquisition from the University of Maryland (2008) and a BA in English Literature from Washington University in St. Louis (2005).  From 2005-2006, he studied abroad on the Flagship Language Program in St. Petersburg, Russia.  He has also participated in study abroad in Czechia and Croatia. 

Prior to joining DFL, he worked as manager for the Russian and Turkish Overseas Flagship Language Programs based in Baku, Azerbaijan and Almaty, Kazakhstan.  From 2016-2019 Alex lived in Almaty, Kazakhstan while working at the Al-Farabi Kazakh National University.  Alex also worked for the Harvard Czech Summer Study Abroad program in Prague and Brno from 2011-2013. 

His scholarship focuses on what cultural and linguistic effects the wide-spread bureaucratization of the Russian Empire in the nineteenth-century had on the emerging institutions of literature in that country.  His other interests include The Russian colonial legacy in the literature of the Soviet Union and in Russia’s contemporary near-abroad. His recent publications, however, have also focused on integrating technology into language-learning and using social media to encourage upper-level language acquisition and retention.