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Jehanne Gheith, Associate Professor of Slavic Languages and Literature and International Comparative Studies and Chair of Slavic and Eurasian Studies

Jehanne Gheith

Jehanne Gheith is an Associate Professor of Russian Culture at Duke University and a Licensed Clinical Social Worker for Duke Hospice, who has a private psychotherapy practice in Aging, Illness, and Wellness Transitions with a specialization in Pet Loss. At Duke, she led the International Comparative Studies Program for nine years, together with Marcy Litle, reshaping and building this interdisciplinary major. She has also chaired the Slavic Department. In both her academic and clinical work, Professor Gheith is interested in the intersection of narrative and loss; more recently, she has included the human-animal bond in this work. She regularly leads community conversations and workshops on making aging and crisis medical situations a richer experience than is often the case. In all of these areas, Professor Gheith's focus is on the intersection of story and loss and the richness that can come from exploring these connections in depth and in multiple dimensions. She is currently working on a book about the connections between her clinical work and her research in Russian literature. On September 30, she has organized and will present in an interactive workshop at Duke: "Poems, Prose, and Panels: the Work of the Humanities in End of Life Care." Gheith is committed to the modes of liberal arts and the humanities in the practical world.

Contact Info:
Office Location:  321C Languages Bldg, 133 Franklin Center, Durham, NC 27708
Office Phone:  (919) 660-3147
Email Address: send me a message

Teaching (Spring 2022):

    Languages 114, MW 03:30 PM-04:45 PM
    (also cross-listed as ENGLISH 243S.01, GLHLTH 278S.01, ICS 251S.01, LIT 278S.01)

Ph.D.Stanford University1992
MSWUNC-Chapel Hill2009
MA in Russian LiteratureStanford University, Stanford California1987
BA in Russian Literature (summa cum laude)Boston University, Boston, MA1983

Cultural Memory
Gender Studies
Research Interests: 19th & 20th Century Literature, Gulag, Women's & Gender Studies, Cultural Memory

Current projects: "Voices from the Gulag": will appear in January 2011 from Palgrave MacMillan, Book ms, "A Dog Named Stalin: Memory, Trauma and the Gulag,? is a study of the Gulag based on life-history oral accounts., New research project beginning on the emerging Russian Hospice movement

My book manuscript, "A Dog Named Stalin: Memory, Trauma and the Gulag," is a study of the Gulag based on life-history oral accounts. The analysis is based on multiple interviews I have conducted over five years with fifteen survivors of the Gulag and their children. The study is organized around three themes: 1) the effects of about fifty years of enforced silence on individual memory; 2) the problem of public mourning and memorialization; and 3) an investigation of the ways in which the category of trauma must be modified or altered to suit the Russian context. Because many common ("Western") assumptions about trauma in general, and particularly around trauma and the Holocaust, are not adequate for the Russian context, the exploration of culturally specific reasons for these differences on one of the key contributions made by my study.

Areas of Interest:

Russian literature and culture, C 19 and 20
International Studies
Cultural memory
Gender studies


Cultural Memory • Russian Literature, 19th and 20th Centuries • The effects and workings of the Gulag • Gender, literature, culture--Russia

Curriculum Vitae
Current Ph.D. Students   (Former Students)

  • Katherine Mohrig  
Recent Publications   (More Publications)

  1. Goss, KA, Introduction, vol. 10 (January, 2014), pp. 265-270, Cambridge University Press (CUP) [doi]
  2. Gheith, J, Reflections on Sibling Grief, Epilogue (Fall, 2005)
  3. Izatt, JA; Fujimoto, JG; Tuchin, VV, Introduction, vol. 8213 (January, 2012), pp. xv-xvii, SPIE, ISBN 9780819488565 [doi]
  4. Gheith, J, Article on Gulag Research, Encompass (2012) (Spring, 2012. Although this is a student-run journal, it is important for me that Duke students share in my research on the Gulag, so I inlcude it here..)
  5. Gheith, J, Gulag Voices (January, 2011)

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