Slavic and Eurasian Studies

In Memoriam: Sidney Monas (1924–2019)

Tue, April 2, 2019
In Memoriam: Sidney Monas (1924–2019)

Dr. Sidney Monas (known to many of us as Sid) was a beloved emeritus faculty member in the UT Departments of Slavic and Eurasian Studies and History. He graduated magna cum laude from Princeton in 1948 and earned a Ph.D. in History from Harvard in 1955. He taught at Amherst and Smith Colleges and the University of Rochester, and then joined The University of Texas at Austin in 1969. He was an excellent colleague and teacher, who taught at UT for 40 years until his retirement in 2009.

Sid was a truly interdisciplinary scholar, with a love for and enviable erudition in Russian literature, culture, urban studies, and history. His many publications as historian, translator, and essayist included a monograph on 19th-century censorship, a translation of Crime and Punishment, and essays on a wide range of topics including Russian formalists, dissidents, and city life. Sid had many accomplishments, from surviving a German POW camp after fighting in the Battle of the Bulge (read more about that in COLA's Life & Letters magazine), to participating in the first group of American scholars allowed to study in the Soviet Union in 1956. He was the editor of the premiere journal in the field, Slavic Review, from 1985–1991 and received the prestigious UT Pro Bene Meritis award in 2009. Sid was a joy to know, work, teach, and learn with. He will be greatly missed.

For more about Sidney's life, read this fascinating obituary written by his family. 
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