Francis Butler, Ph.D. 1991

Dissertation: Images of Missionaries and Innovative Rulers in East Slavic Literature from Early Times through the Reign of Peter the Great

Francis Butler taught at Northern Illinois University from 1992 to 2001. Since then he has lived in Champaign, IL, where he sometimes teaches at the University of Illinois but mostly occupies himself with research in medieval Slavic and with raising a family with his wife Svetlana.


Book: Enlightener of Rus’: The Image of Vladimir Sviatoslavich. Bloomington, Indiana: Slavica Publishers, 2002.

Selected Articles:

  • “Olga’s Conversion and the Construction of Chronicle Narrative.” Russian Review 67 (2008): 230-42.
  • “A Woman of Words: Pagan Ol’ga in the Mirror of Germanic Europe.” Slavic Review 64 (2004): 771-93.
  • “Wenceslas: The Saint and His Name in Kievan Rus.” Slavic and East European Journal 48 (2004): 63-78.
  • “The Representation of Oral Culture in the Vita Constantini.” Slavic and East European Journal 39 (1995): 367-84.
  • Mechanical Borrowing or Conscious Adaptation?: The Monk Domentijan’s Use of the East Slavic Sermon on Law and Grace.” Slavic and East European Journal 37 (1993): 442-55.


Distinguished Scholar Prize of the Association for the Study of Eastern Christian History and Culture (ASEC), 2009.


Michael (1994)
Peter (1996)
Paul (1996)
Anna (2006)
Ellen (2008)