Raina Kostova

128 D Stone Center

Dr. Kostova’s research interests involve contemporary literary theory, women’s literature, Russian and Non-Western literature and philosophy. She has publications on the contemporary Austrian Nobel Prize-winning writer Elfriede Jelinek, the twentieth-century American poet, and a harbinger of postmodernism, Wallace Stevens, and the early twentieth-century Russian poet Osip Mandelstam, whose poems she has also co-translated from Russian into English. She teaches a variety of courses at JSU, including Literary Criticism, Non-Western Literature, World Literature, Contemporary European Literature, and First-Year Writing.

Raina Kostova

Courses Taught:

  • EH 101 English Composition I
  • EH 102 English Composition II
  • EH 103 Honors English Composition I
  • EH 105 Enhanced English Composition I
  • EH 106 Enhanced English Composition II
  • EH 201 American Literature I: Beginnings to 1865
  • EH 202 American Literature II: 1865 to Present
  • EH 231 World Literature I: Beginnings to 1660
  • EH 232 World Literature II: 1660 to Present
  • EH 307 English Grammar
  • EH 420 Women's Literature
  • EH 431 Non-Western Literature
  • EH 452 Literary Criticism
  • EH 501 Introduction to Graduate Study in English
  • EH 554 Contemporary European Literature


  • Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from Emory University in 2006
  • M.A. in English from The University of Maine in 2001
  • B.A. in English from The American University in Bulgaria in 1999

Other Responsibilities

  • Coordinator of First-Year Writing
  • First-Year Writing Committee Chair
  • Adjunct Faculty Mentor
  • Curriculum Committee
  • Third Year Review Committee
  • Promotion and Tenure Committee
  • Service Evaluation Committee Co-Chair
  • Faculty Mentor Committee
  • Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee