Andrew Kaufman

Andy Kaufman

Andrew Kaufman

Assistant Director of Community-Engaged Learning Initiatives & Associate Professor, General Faculty


Andrew Kaufman joined the Center for Teaching Excellence in December 2019. Andy comes to the CTE from UVA’s Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures, where he has designed and taught courses since 2005. In 2010, he founded Books Behind Bars, a course in which undergraduate students and committed youth at a juvenile correctional center meet to explore questions of meaning, value, and social justice through conversations about Russian literature classics. At the CTE, Andy aims to highlight community-engaged teaching at UVA, inspire others to engage in this kind of work, and support their efforts in doing so. In particular, Andy strives to support faculty from all disciplines in creating and delivering significant community-based learning experiences that change the way students think, act, and feel, while making important contributions to their communities.

Andy is a Russian literature scholar who holds a Ph.D. in Slavic Languages and Literatures from Stanford University. His research and writing focus on Tolstoy, Dostoevsky, the intersection of literature and practical ethics, and the relevance of classical Russian literature to the social and moral challenges of the twenty-first century. He is the author of Give War and Peace a Chance: Tolstoyan Wisdom for Troubled Times, Understanding Tolstoy, and scholarly articles published in peer-reviewed journals in both the U.S. and Russia. He is also the co-author of Russian for Dummies, which has been translated into five languages and used as a supplementary text in college classrooms.

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