Tara Wheelwright

Tara Wheelwright

Graduate Student in Slavic Studies


Tara Wheelwright was born and raised in New Jersey. She received her B.A. in Biology and Russian Studies from Hamilton College in Clinton, NY. After graduation, she spent a year working in Tbilisi, Georgia as a college counselor and high school teacher in the country’s first liberal arts high school. She then returned to New York and completed an M.A. in Regional Studies of Russia, Eurasia & Eastern Europe from Columbia University. While in New York, she worked at American Ballet Theatre and the Metropolitan Opera. 

Fellowships and Awards

PepsiCo Fellowship for Research Travel, Columbia University, 2014

Masters of Arts Regional Studies Student Fellowship, Columbia University, 2013-2014

Summer Language Fellowship, Columbia University, 2013 

Academic Interests

Russian/Soviet ballet history; foundation and dissemination of ballet pedagogy; orientalism in 19th century Russian music; socialist realism in ballet; 19th and 20th century Russian literature; works of Soviet composers (in particular Shostakovich and Prokofiev)