Robert Fradkin
Visiting Professor

Robert Fradkin received his Ph.D. in Slavic linguistics from Indiana University in 1985 with a minor in Semitic linguistics. His first job was lecturer in Hebrew at University of Washington, Seattle 1982-85. Upon completing the Ph.D. he became professor of Hebrew at Brown University 1985-90 and moved to Old Dominion University in Norfolk, VA to direct the Russian program at 1990-95. The fall of the Soviet Union led to a fall in Russian programs in the US, and first taking a visitor year in Russian at Duke University, he came to UMCP in 1996 as professor of Hebrew. In 2002 he branched out into a second career in teaching Latin at Atholton High School in Columbia, MD until retiring in 2013. Now he has “unretired” to come back to SLLC for a sabbatical replacement in Russian. His several articles address linguistic and pedagogical aspects of Russian, Hebrew, Arabic, Latin and Dutch, and his books include Stalking the Wild Verb Phrase: English Grammar for English Speakers Learning Other Languages (1991, University Press of America) and The Well-Tempered Announcer: A Pronunciation Guide to Classical Music (1996, Indiana University Press). A devotee of both classical and folk music he has performed as both a guitarist-folk singer in several languages and choral singer, including coaching diction for pieces in Russian and other languages. An avid biker-hiker, he and his wife, a native speaker of Flemish/Dutch from Antwerp, Belgium and professor of ESL at Prince George's Community College (they met as neighbors in the dorm of Moscow State University), have biked across France and hiked, among others, the Cascades in Washington State and the Jotunheimen National Park in Norway.

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