Herman Ermolaev is Professor Emeritus (since 2007) at the Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures of Princeton University. After a two-year study at the University of Graz, Austria, he came to Stanford University in January 1950 as a foreign scholarship student and received A.B. in Russian in January 1951. After receiving his Ph.D. from University of California at Berkeley in 1959, he came to Princeton University as Instructor in the Russian Program. In 1960 he was promoted to Assistant Professor, in 1966 to Associate Professor and to Full Professor in 1970. In 1970-72 he served as president of AATSEEL.
He has published studies on Soviet Literary Theories (University of California Press, 1963) and Censorship in Soviet Literature (Lanham, Boulder, 1997), plus Mikhail Sholokhov and His Art (Princeton UP, 1982) and Political Censorship of Quiet Flows the Don (Moscow, IMLI, 2005); he is the author of numerous articles on ‘Socialist Realism’, Sholokhov and Solzhenitsyn. He contributed entries on Aleksandr Fadeyev and Aleksandr Serafimovich (Columbia Dictionary of Modern European Literature) and translated Maxim Gorky's Untimely Thoughts.
He has taught courses on Soviet literature (all periods), 19th Century Russian Literature, the Russian Novel, Tolstoy, Solzhenitsyn and Sholokhov. His current research is focused on the political and fictional works of Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn and Mikhail Sholokhov.