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Madeline Levine

Madeline Levine, Kenan Professor of Slavic Languages, earned her doctorate at Harvard University and came to UNC to teach Russian and Polish literature. Her scholarly interests focus on the literary representation of the Holocaust and Polish-Jewish relations. She is the translator of prose works by 1980 Nobel laureate Czeslaw Milozs, whom she helped bring to the University as a visiting professor. She has mentored many East European scholars through her participation in the Woodrow Wilson junior faculty seminar in Eastern Europe. She served on the national boards of the American Council of Learned Societies and the American Association for the Advancement of Slavic Studies. At UNC, Levine has served as the chair of important personnel and curricular committees and as a member of key advisory committees. She also has spent fifteen years on six different occasions serving as her department's chair or acting chair and has served on the advisory board of the Jewish studies program and as chair of the UNC Press Board of Governors. As a member of the Jewish studies faculty advisory board and panels, she helped review the curriculum and its international focus. She is a member of the Chancellor's Advisory Committee and served as interim dean of the college of arts and sciences in 2006. She won the Thomas Jefferson Award in 2005.