John Mikitish

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Major Field: Medieval Slavic Literature

Minor Field: Classical Tibetan Literature

Research Interests: medieval Slavic literature and the Church Slavic literary tradition, from origins to the present day; hymnography; hagiography; translation; uses of Scripture and scriptural translation and interpretation in the Church Slavic literary tradition; traditional philological methods and practice; contemporary literary theory and pre-modern reading and hermeneutics; Russian Orthodoxy (sensu lato) and Roman Catholicism; ecclesiastical book culture (including both manuscript and printed books); prayer books. Focuses of research and translation projects have included St Demetrius of Rostov, Avvakum, and St Seraphim (Zvezdinskij) of Dmitrov. I am dedicated to reading Orthodox Slavic sacred writers as part of the Eastern Orthodox Patristic heritage. I also have a burgeoning academic interest in Tibetan Buddhism, especially in Siberia during the Imperial and Soviet periods. I wish I knew more about Slavia Romana.


M.Div., 2016, St Vladimir’s Orthodox Theological Seminary, co-valedictorian, summa cum laude, commendation for thesis

B.A., Russian and Eastern European Studies, 2013, Yale University, summa cum laude and honors in major

Degree Projects:

M.Div. thesis: A Liturgical and Devotional History of Akathist Hymns. Advisor: Alexander Rentel.

B.A. senior essay: Three Letters of the Archpriest Avvakum. Advisor: Harvey Goldblatt.


Nani Deb Memorial Prize in Asian Religions, 2017

As an undergraduate:

Warren Memorial High Scholarship Prize, 2013

Scott Prize in Russian, 2013

Wolfgang Leonhard Prize, co-winner, 2013

Editorial Positions:

Series Editor, Treasures of Orthodox Spirituality, St Vladimir’s Seminary Press, 2017–


As translator:

Jesus Crucified: The Baroque Spirituality of St Dimitry of Rostov. Yonkers, NY: St Vladimir’s Seminary Press, 2017. (forthcoming Fall 2017)

Kanonik: A Book of Canons. A Supplement to Orthodox Daily Prayers. South Canaan, PA: St Tikhon’s Monastery Press. (MS submitted, in press, title may change)

A Treasury of Russian Hymns and Prayers. South Canaan, PA: St Tikhon’s Monastery Press. (MS submitted, in press, title may change)