Associate Professor of Slavic Languages and Literature

Expertise: All Levels of Russian, Slovak, & Czech Studies; Slovak, Russian, & Czech Literature

Fr. Gerald J. Sabo is responsible for the Slavic languages area–i.e., specifically Russian, Slovak, and Czech. He teaches Russian and Slovak language courses. In his literature-in-translation courses for the nineteenth century and also since 1900, Fr. Sabo includes Russian, Slovak, and Czech literary selections. John Carroll is one of two universities in the entire United States where Slovak is taught as a regular undergraduate course during the academic year. (Fr. Sabo was asked to recommend the professor for Slovak at the other American university.) Slovak has been offered at John Carroll since 1983.

The focus of Fr. Sabo’s research and publications has been Slovak literature. Fr. Sabo is authoring a history of Slovak literature to the 1840s that will be published by Slavica Publishers at Indiana University. Besides various articles on Slovak literary topics, another of Fr. Sabo’s major publications is a diplomatic edition of and commentary on an eighteenth-century poetic work of more than eighteen thousand verses–Hugolín Gavlovič’s Valaská Škola.

Language Section:  Slavic Studies (Russian, Slovak, Czech)
Languages Taught:  
Russian & Slovak
Other Languages Read or Spoken:  
Czech, German, French, Latin, Greek
Country of Birth: 
 USA

Honors & Awards:

  • Fulbright Research Fellowship, Czecho-Slovakia ,
  • IREX (International Research and Exchanges Board) fellowships, Czecho-Slovakia
  • NEH (National Endowment for the Humanities) Summer Pedagogical Grants at Bryn Mawr
  • Title VI and Title VIII funded seminar/foreign study: University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill and Duke University; Bryn Mawr and Herzen Pedagogical University, St. Petersburg, Russia respectively

Professional Memberships:

  • Association for Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies (ASEEES), formerly the American Association for the Advancement of Slavic Studies (AAASS)
  • American Association of Teachers of Slavic and East European Languages (AATSEEL)
  • American Council of Teachers of Russian (ACTR)
  • The North American Dostoevsky Society, affiliate of International Dostoevsky Society
  • Slovak Studies Association (SSA), AAASS affiliate
  • The Tolstoy Society

Scholarly Background and Scholarly/Professional Activities

Web Resources

Links to Russian resources on the web:

Links to Slovak resources on the web: