Jehanne Gheith

Jehanne Gheith

Associate Professor of Slavic Languages and Literature

External address: 
321C Languages Bldg, 133 Franklin Center, Durham, NC 27708
Internal office address: 
Box 90259, Durham, NC 27708-0259
(919) 660-3147

Jehanne Gheith is an Associate Professor of Russian Culture at Duke University and a Licensed Clinical Social Worker for Duke Hospice, who has a private psychotherapy practice in Aging, Illness, and Wellness Transitions with a specialization in Pet Loss. At Duke, she led the International Comparative Studies Program for nine years, together with Marcy Litle, reshaping and building this interdisciplinary major. She has also chaired the Slavic Department. In both her academic and clinical work, Professor Gheith is interested in the intersection of narrative and loss; more recently, she has included the human-animal bond in this work. She regularly leads community conversations and workshops on making aging and crisis medical situations a richer experience than is often the case. In all of these areas, Professor Gheith's focus is on the intersection of story and loss and the richness that can come from exploring these connections in depth and in multiple dimensions. She is currently working on a book about the connections between her clinical work and her research in Russian literature. On September 30, she has organized and will present in an interactive workshop at Duke: "Poems, Prose, and Panels: the Work of the Humanities in End of Life Care." Gheith is committed to the modes of liberal arts and the humanities in the practical world.


  • Ph.D., Stanford University 1992

Gheith, J. ""Women of the Thirties and Fifties: A Reperiodization"." A History of Women’s Writing in Russia. Ed. A Barker and J Gheith. Cambridge University Press, 2002.

Gheith, J. "Redefining the Perceptible: The Journalism(s) of Avdot’ia Panaeva and Evgeniia Tur." An Improper Profession: Women, Gender, and Journalism in Late Imperial Russia. Ed. BT Norton and JM Gheith. Duke University Press, 2001.

Gheith, J. "Nadezhda Durova." Dictionary of Literary Biography. Bruccoli Clark Layman and Gale, 1999.

Gheith, J. "N. D. Khvoshchinskaia." Reference Guide to Russian Literature. Ed. N Cornwell. St. James Press, 1998.

Gheith, J. "Evgeniia Tur and the Crimean Letters." Russian Women Writers. Ed. CD Tomei. Garland, 1998.

Gheith, J. "Introduction for a new edition of the Fiitzlyon translation." The Memoirs of Princess Dashkova. Durham, NC: Duke Press, 1995.

Gheith, J. "Marina Palei’s "Otdelenie propashchikh"." Lives in Transit. Ed. H Goscilo. Ardis, 1995.

Gheith, J. "Evgeniia Tur." Dictionary of Russian Women Writers, Marina Ledkovsky. Ed. C Rosenthal and MF Zirin. Westport, Conn.: Greenwood Press, 1994.


Gheith, JM. "The superfluous man and the necessary woman: A "re-vision"." Russian Review 55.2 (December 1, 1996): 226-244.

Gheith, J. "Women in Russian and the Soviet Union." Ed. L Edmonson. Russian Review (April 1994). (Review)

Gheith, J. "Reflections on Sibling Grief." Epilogue. (Academic Article)