Peschio, Joseph

Associate Professor, Coordinator
Ancient & Modern Languages, Literatures, & Cultures


  • PhD, Russian Literature, University of Michigan
  • MA, Slavic Languages and Literatures, University of Michigan
  • BA, Russian, University of Wyoming

Research Interests

My research focuses primarily on the literary and cultural history of the Russian Golden Age (roughly, 1800-40). My current and past projects are concerned with underground literary societies, the Russian libertine tradition, literary censorship, and, more broadly, the sociology and pragmatics of Russian literature. I have worked as a Fulbright Fellow, State Department Title VIII Research Fellow, and University of Michigan Predoctoral Fellow at various institutions in Moscow and St. Petersburg.

Teaching Interests

Russian language, literature, film, and cultural history.

Other Relevant Activities

I am the Coordinator for the UWM Slavic Languages Program, which offers a Major and a Minor in Russian, and Faculty Coordinator for the Russian and East European Studies Certificate Program. Please don't hesitate to contact me directly with questions about these programs.

I edit a book series for Academic Studies Press called The Unknown Nineteenth Century.
I am an editor at The Fundamental Digital Library of Russian Literature and Folklore (Russian Academy of Sciences), and I also serve on the editorial staff of the Moscow-based journalPhilologica: A Bilingual Journal of Russian and Theoretical Philology.

I am happy to certify translations of transcripts, birth certificates, and other official documents written in Russian, Ukrainian, and Serbian/Croatian pro bono for members of the UWM community and, when time permits, for other residents of the Milwaukee metro area. I also administer proficiency exams in Russian and Serbian/Croatian for UWM students (by appointment).