George Cummins, Germanic & Slavic, Tulane University

George Cummins

Associate Professor of Russian and Czech


George Cummins III received his Ph.D. from Harvard University in Slavic languages and literatures, with specializations in Czech and Russian linguistics. His research focused on Czech, Slovak, and Russian language; Slavic linguistics and poetics; and language pedagogy.

At Tulane University he taught the full range of Slavic language courses from 1972-2010, including courses in oral Russian, Czech language and culture, and achievements in Slavic linguistics. He also served as Department Chair of Germanic and Slavic from 1998-2007.

In recent years he worked on Czech and Austrian music and cultural history. He is the author of Mahler Re-Composed (2011) and also wrote about the Czech composer Leoš Janáček (Janáček’s Eternal Love, 2015).

The department notes with regret that Prof. Cummins passed away in April 2019.