Dr. Cassio de Oliveira
Cassio de Oliveira
Ph.D., Yale University
Assistant Professor of Russian
Cassio de Oliveira is Assistant Professor of Russian in the Department of World Languages and Literatures. Prior to coming to Portland State, he taught at Vanderbilt University, Dickinson College, and the University of Arizona. Among other community activities, he has also led a one-day seminar on the history of the Russian space program for high school students, and he co-taught a four-day introduction to Russian language and culture to school-age kids in the summer of 2013.
At Portland State, Cassio teaches courses in Russian language, literature, and culture, especially film.
Cassio’s research interests include Soviet literature from the 1920s and 1930s, Russian film, and translation studies. He is currently at work on a book manuscript, provisionally entitled Writing Rogues: The Soviet Picaresque, 1921-1938, in which he analyzes the emergence of the picaresque mode in Soviet literature of the NEP era and High Stalinism. He is also working on an online module of language and literature exercises for students of Russian at the intermediate level based on an excerpt from Ilya Ilf and Evgeny Petrov’s famous novel The Twelve Chairs, a humorous take on Soviet everyday life in the 1920s. He has published articles in Canadian Slavonic Papers, Slavonica, and Studies in Slavic Cultures, among other venues.
A native of Brazil, Cassio earned his undergraduate degree at Bard College, in New York State, where he first started studying Russian. On his first semester there, he picked a seminar on Russian literature in translation in order to fulfill a divisional requirement. He enrolled in a Russian language course the next semester, and, before you could finish saying Здравствуйте, he had made the decision to major in Russian.