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Kelly Knickmeier-Cummings, PHD (she/her)

Lecturer, Russian

  • World Languages & Cultures
  • College of Arts & Sciences


Kelly Knickmeier Cummings, PhD teaches Russian language, literature, and culture courses. Her interests are interdisciplinary in the areas of literature, philosophy, and language and media literacy pedagogy. Her work has appeared in Slavic Review and The Russian Language Journal. She is a co-director for the IDEAS in REEES Think Tank (Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies), a national, equity-minded undergraduate program based at Howard University, serving underserved and underrepresented students in the field.

Education & Expertise


Slavic Languages and Literatures

University of Kansas



Russian I

Russian II

Russian III

Russian IV

Russian Great Short Stories

Love and Hate in Russian Literature

Introduction to Humanties II



Co-project Director, NEH, Exploring the Dimension of Russia and Otherness

Howard University was recently awarded the NEH grant of $150,000 under the [Humanities Initiatives at Historically Black Colleges and Universities]. The title of the project is Exploring the Dimension of Russia and Otherness. This is a two-year project to develop an open educational resource (OER) textbook that will examine Black intellectuals’ engagement with Russian/Soviet intellectuals and the cultures of the Soviet Union.

Co-Director, IDEAS in REEES Think Tank

Our mission is to advance Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, Accessibility, and Scholarship (I.D.E.A.S.) in Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies (REEES). We are developing a new generation of specialists in REEES and supporting innovative career paths, research agendas, and relationship-building capacity in the field. This national program is based at Howard University, and is building a sustainable nationwide research and support network among Minority-Serving Institutions, faculty mentors, students of color, and other students underrepresented and underserved in this field.