- Ph.D. Russian Literature, Columbia University, 1992
- Lic. Phil. (M.A. equivalent), French and Russian Philology, Zurich University, 1987
- Leningrad, Leningrad State University, 1985-86
- Paris, Universités Paris-IV and Paris-VIII, 1982-83
- Maturität, Type A (Latin and Greek), Kantonsschule Schaffhausen, Switzerland, 1979
Dr. Wanner served as head of the Department of Germanic and Slavic Languages and Literatures from 2001 to 2008 and is currently co-director of the graduate program in German. He has published numerous articles in Slavic and comparative literature journals and is the author of three monographs: Baudelaire in Russia (University Press of Florida, 1996), Russian Minimalism: From the Prose Poem to the Anti-Story (Northwestern University Press, 2003), and Out of Russia: Fictions of a New Translingual Diaspora (Northwestern University Press, 2011). In addition he has published six editions of Russian, Romanian, and Ukrainian poetry in his German verse translation.
- RUS 142Y: Russian Literature in English Translation, 1870 to Present
- RUS/GER 143: The Culture of Stalinist Russia and Nazi Germany
- RUS 405: Russian Poetry from the Golden Age to the Silver Age
- CMLIT 120: Literature of the Occult
- “Moving Beyond the Russian-American Ghetto: The Fiction of Keith Gessen and Michael Idov.” The Russian Review 73, no. 2 (Spring 2014), pp. 281-296.
- “Lolita and Kofemolka: Vladimir Nabokov’s and Michael Idov’s Self-Translations from English into Russian.” Slavic and East European Journal 57, no. 3 (Fall 2013), pp. 450-464.
- Vladislav Chodasevič: Europäische Nacht/ Европейская ночь. Wuppertal/Vienna: Arco Verlag, 2013.
- “Russian Jews as American Writers: A New Paradigm for Jewish Multiculturalism?” MELUS 37, no. 2 (Summer 2012), pp. 157-176.
- “The Russian Immigrant Narrative as Metafiction.” Slavic and East European Journal 55, no. 1 (Spring 2011), pp. 58-74.
- Out of Russia: Fictions of a New Translingual Diaspora. Evanston, IL: Northwestern University Press, 2011.