William Nickell, Ph.D. 1998

Dissertation: Tolstoy in the Public Domain: His Death as a National Narrative.

After Berkeley, William Nickell taught Russian language and literature at the University of California, Santa Cruz.

Among his creative projects was a communal apartment built with his students in the college dormitory:


For the 200 anniversary of Tolstoy’s death, he created a website:
The Death of Tolstoy, Astapovo Station, 1910


In 2010, Cornell University Press published his book:

William Nickell, The Death of Tolstoy: Russia on the Eve, Astapovo Station, 1910


Since 2011, William Nickel teaches in the Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures at the University of Chicago.