Ellen Chances is a professor of Russian literature at Princeton University. She is the author of the books, Conformity's Children: An Approach to the Superfluous Man in Russian Literature (Slavica Publishers) and Andrei Bitov. The Ecology of Inspiration (Cambridge University Press; Russian translation, Ekologiia vdokhnoveniia [St.Petersburg: Akademicheskii proekt]). She was guest editor of the "Special Issue in Honour of Andrei Bitov's Seventieth Birthday," in the journal, Russian Literature (Netherlands), 2007. She has written articles on a wide range of topics of 19th, 20th, and 21st-century Russian literature and culture.
Chances has made many research trips to Russia. She has lectured widely, here and abroad. She has appeared on the CUNY TV program, "City Cinémathèque," as a Russian cinema specialist; and has lectured, on Russian literature, at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. She is currently at work on a second book on Bitov's works, and on a book on the ethical dimensions of contemporary Russian cinema. Chances is also a poet, essayist, film reviewer, cultural commentator, and writer of fiction and memoir.