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Elizabeth Purdy

Instructor of Russian and Church Slavonic


I began teaching Church Slavonic and all levels of Russian at Holy Trinity Seminary in 2018. After receiving my master’s degree in Slavic Linguistics in 2013 from UC Berkeley, where I taught Russian courses for undergraduates, I worked in the translation field and taught Russian and other subjects at St. John of San Francisco Orthodox Academy in San Francisco. I also taught Church Slavonic for non-Slavic language speakers at the Summer School of Liturgical Music in 2015.

I bring to the classroom knowledge of U.S. and international pedagogy methods, language standards, proficiency testing, teaching technology and distance education, as well as methods for implementation. Courses have a strong cultural component to ensure students use language in a culturally appropriate way to maximize communication and minimize misunderstanding.


Educational Background 


B.A., University of Washington, Russian, 2002

M.A., University of California, Berkeley, Slavic Languages and Literature, 2013


Teaching Interests


Slavic Languages and Russian Area Studies

Synchronic and Diachronic Russian Linguistics

Church Slavonic and Historical and Contemporary Liturgics

Russian Orthodoxy and Russian Culture


Current Projects and Research Interests


Research interests include the effects of language change on liturgical development, synchronic and diachronic Russian linguistics, and issues in liturgical translation.


Selected Publications


Translations from Church Slavonic:

Akathist to Jesus Christ For a Loved One Who has Fallen Asleep, St. Paisius Monastery, 2004

Akathist to the Mother of God, “Healer of Cancer,” St. Paisius Monastery, 2003

Akathist to the Mother of God, “Nurturer of Children,” St. Paisius Monastery, 2002


Curriculum Vitae


Miss Elizabeth Purdy's CV





Cell: (206) 931-5649 




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