Svetlana Bochman


Main Affiliation

Writing Center


North Academic Center

Svetlana Bochman


  • Dr. Bochman's career at CUNY began in 1998, when she started working as a peer tutor at the Writing Center at Hunter College.  She served as part of the English Department faculty at CUNY for over 10 years, teaching everything from Developmental Writing at BMCC to advanced courses in literature at Hunter.  Her interest in humor studies inspired her to introduce a "Humor in Literature" course.
  •  Dr. Bochman has mentored tutors since 2006.  She served as Assistant Director of the Writing Center at Yeshiva University, training tutors in writing pedagogy, learning assessment, and best practice methods.  She also expanded services to include standardized test tutoring.
  • Prior to her appointment at City College, Dr. Bochman founded her own national writing and tutoring center to help students excel on the SAT, GRE, GMAT, LSAT and MCAT and write admissions essays to college, medical school, law school and other programs.  She developed curricula that improved her students' reading, writing and math scores dramatically.  Her admissions strategies helped students gain acceptance at Ivy League schools and other competitive programs.


  • B.A. English/Art History- Columbia University
  • Additional study at University of London
  • M.A. - English - Hunter College
  • Ph.D. - English - The Graduate Center


Courses Taught

  • Introduction to Women's Studies (CCNY)
  • Freshman Composition (Baruch, John Jay)
  • First Year Composition/Principles of Earth Science (New Jersey City University)
  • English Composition and Literature (BMCC)
  • Developmental Writing (BMCC)
  • Writing Workshop (Hofstra)
  • Intermediate Expository Writing (Hunter)
  • Introduction to Literature (Hunter)
  • Humor in Literature (Hunter)
  • Western Literary Backgrounds (Hunter)
  • Shakespeare (Hunter)
  • Victorian Literature (Hunter)
  • Nineteenth-century British Novel (Hunter)
  • Children's Literature, Eighteenth-century Women's Literature (Hunter)
  • ESL instruction (IBEC Language Center)

Research Interests

  • Online tutoring
  • strategies for taking standardized reading tests
  • 19th century British Literature: Jane Austen, Sherlock Holmes, Oscar Wilde
  • Humor in literature


  • "Teaching Spelling, Grammar, Punctuation and Citation Through Unintentionally Humorous Anonymous Student Errors" in The Write Book: Classroom Exercises for the Composition Instructor. Russell Brickey, ed. McFarland, 2013.
  • "Detecting Technocratic Holmes in the BBC's Sherlock Adaptation" in Sherlock Holmes in the 21st Century. McFarland, 2012
  • "Investigating Victorian Propriety in Money Matters in Sherlock" in Sherlock Holmes in the 21st Century. McFarland, 2012
  • "The Importance of Being Married: Lady Bracknell as Marriage Market Mammá in Oscar Wilde's The Importance of Being Earnest." Alizés: Revue Angliciste de la Réunion. Université de La Réunion, France, 2011.
  • "'I Will Marry You if I Must': Mercenary Marriage in Jane Austen's 'The Three Sisters.'" The Atrium: A Journal of Academic Voices. Ivy Tech Community Colleges, Indiana, 2011
  • "Interview on Teaching Jane Austen." The Atrium: A Journal of Academic Voices. Ivy Tech Community Colleges, Indiana, 2011
  • "Does College Acceptance Seem Impossible?" Tweens and Teens Education News. New York, NY, 2007.
  • various poetry 1990 to present