Anna Barker, Adjunct Assistant Professor, Russian Literature
Anna Barker received her Ph. D. in Comparative Literature in 2002 with a dissertation in translation studies. At the University of Iowa she has taught courses in the English Department, in Cinema and Comparative Literature, in Asian and Slavic Languages, and in the Honors Program. Her areas of interest include 19th-century Russian and European literature, Russian cultural history, and Wonder Woman. In recent years, she has regularly taught the authors course “Tolstoy and Dostoevsky,” organizing a campus-community celebration to commemorate the 100th anniversary of Tolstoy’s death in 2010. The celebration featured an open-air reading of Anna Karenina in downtown Iowa City over three days with dozens of participants. Subsequent public readings and celebrations followed with Peter Pan (2011), War and Peace (2012), Fathers and Sons (2013), Notes from Underground (2014), Don Quixote (2015), and Crime and Punishment (2016). Anna enjoys working and collaborating with the University of Iowa Opera Forum, WorldCanvass, Iowa City Public Library’s Music Is the Word, The University of Iowa Senior College, Iowa City UNESCO Book Festival and Music IC, the Iowa City Foreign Relations Council, the University of Iowa Museum of Art and the Old Capitol Museum, as well as the Iowa City Riverside Theater.