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Jehanne Gheith

Associate Professor of Slavic Languages and Literature
Slavic & Eurasian Studies
Box 90259, Durham 27708-0259
321C Languages Bldg, 133 Franklin Center, Durham 27708


Jehanne Gheith is an Associate Professor of Russian Culture at Duke University and a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, who has experience working with Duke Hospice and now has a small private psychotherapy practice in Aging, Illness, and Wellness Transitions with a specialization in Pet Loss. At Duke, she led the International Comparative Studies Program for nine years, together with Marcy Litle, reshaping and building this interdisciplinary major. She has also chaired the Slavic Department. In both her academic and clinical work, Professor Gheith is interested in the intersection of narrative and loss; more recently, she has included the human-animal bond in this work. She regularly leads community conversations and workshops on making aging and crisis medical situations a richer experience than is often the case. In all of these areas, Professor Gheith's focus is on the intersection of story and loss and the richness that can come from exploring these connections in depth and in multiple dimensions. She is currently working on a book about the connections between her clinical work and her research in Russian literature.

Current Appointments & Affiliations

Associate Professor of Slavic Languages and Literature · 1999 - Present Slavic & Eurasian Studies, Trinity College of Arts & Sciences

Education, Training & Certifications

Stanford University · 1992 Ph.D.