Elena Nelson, Ph.D. 2011


Dissertation: Tradition and Innovation in Russian Church Slavonic Hymnography

Elena Morabito Nelson received her BA in Modern Languages and Cultures from the University of Rochester in 2001, and then her MA in Slavic Languages and Literatures from the University of Toronto in 2002. During her graduate career at Berkeley, she engaged in research in Bosnia, Serbia, and Montenegro, including the projects “Creating a Bosnian Language Corpus” and “Language and Politics in Montenegro”. She has presented papers at various academic conferences in the US and in the UK and has co-authored a publication in the journal Russian Linguistics.

Since graduation, Elena Morabito Nelson has kept active in academia while taking care of her daughter, Mary. She taught Russian at the University of Rochester. She created a foreign language department for CALCampus, an online school, and is designing online courses in Russian and French. She is now Assistant Professor of Slavic Languages at Holy Trinity Orthodox Seminary in Jordanville, NY. Her daughter Mary speaks Russian.