Eastern, Slavic, and German Studies Faculty

Maxim D. Shrayer (МАКСИМ Д. ШРАЕР)

Professor of Russian, English, and Jewish Studies

Director, East European Studies Minor


Maxim D. Shrayer, an author, scholar and translator, is a professor of Russian, English, and Jewish Studies at Boston College. Born 1967 to a Jewish writer’s family, Shrayer grew up in Moscow, spent almost nine years as a refusenik, and emigrated to the United States in 1987. He has authored and edited twenty-five books of scholarship, biography, nonfiction, fiction, poetry and translation in English and Russian, among them “The World of Nabokov’s Stories,” “Genrikh Sapgir: An Avant-Garde Classic” (with David Shrayer-Petrov; in Russian), “Leaving Russia: A Jewish Story,” “Yom Kippur in Amsterdam: Stories,” and "Kinship: Poems." Shrayer’s works have been translated into eleven languages. His “Anthology of Jewish-Russian Literature” won a 2007 National Jewish Book Award, and in 2012 he received a Guggenheim Fellowship. At Boston College Shrayer teaches courses on Russian, Anglo-American and comparative literature, Jewish literature and culture, Holocaust, and literary translation.