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Dr Maria Belova

Dr Maria BelovaRussian (Teaching Fellow)

The Language Centre
Email: Maria dot Belova at warwick dot ac dot uk


Office: Fourth Floor, Faculty of Arts Building, University Road

University of Warwick, Coventry CV4 7AL

About me

I have taught Russian and Italian language at Warwick University since 2013, since commencing my doctoral studies there. I completed my PhD thesis in Italian Studies (“Giovanni Raboni and the City: Tableaux Milanese”) at Warwick in 2018 under the supervision of Professor Ann Caesar. Although dedicated to an Italian poet, my thesis not only enhanced by my Russian background but also makes use of the Russian formalists’ approach, drawing links with Russian literature and Russia in general.


My 5-year degree in History, Literature, Culture of Russia and Italy undertaken at Russian State University for the Humanities qualified me to be Philologist and Lecturer. In 2012 I obtained an advanced qualification in Teaching Russian as a Foreign Language from a leading Moscow University.


My teaching experience predates the start of my PhD at Warwick University as I was already an experienced Foreign Languages teacher. Before relocating to the UK, I worked as a Lecturer in three different universities in Moscow: Plekhanov Russian University of Economics, Peoples’ Friendship University of Russia, Russian State University for the Humanities, and additionally at the Italian Cultural Institute. While in Russia I worked also as an interpreter and professional translator.

Broader research interests include:

  • Comparative Literature
  • Translational Studies
  • Audiovisual Translation
  • Spatiality and Urban Studies
  • Methods of Teaching Russian as a Foreign Language
  • Methods of Teaching Italian as a Foreign Language
  • Italian-Russian cultural connections
  • Twentieth-century Italian Poetry

Some information about my research interests you can find also here.


PhD in Italian Studies (Warwick University)

Postgraduate Award in Teaching and Learning in Higher Education (Warwick University)

MA Audiovisual Translation (University of Roehampton, London)

Certificate in Methods of Teaching Russian as a Foreign Language (Lomonosov State University)

BA and MA Italian and Russian History, Literature and Culture (Russian State University for the Humanities)

Office Hours:

Term 1: Thursday 12 - 2 pm

Available on other days by appointment

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