Born in California, raised in Mississippi and New Jersey.
John Colarusso first studied physics and then took two degrees in philosophy (BA Cornell, MA Northwestern).
He earned his doctorate in linguistics from Harvard University in 1975. Since 1967 he has studied the Caucasus, its languages, myths, and cultures.
He has taught at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario since 1976. Since 1992 he has been active in advising leaders and policy makers in Washington, Ottawa, Moscow, and the Caucasus itself.
In addition to more than sixty-five articles on linguistics, myth, politics, and the Caucasus, he has written three books, edited one, and is finishing two more.
He is married and the father of three children. When relaxing he enjoys hiking and biking, or reading math, paleontology, and the works of William Faulkner.
University of Edinburgh
Myths, Tales, and Legends Conference
"The Troubled Feast, a Theme in Russian, Nart, and Irish Lore"
20-22 February 2009
Bilgi University, and Friends of Abkhazia
Independence of Abkhazia and Prospects for the Caucasus
"Regional Realities in the South Caucasus"
30 - 31 May 2009
Princeton Institute for International and Regional Studies and the Russian and Eurasian Program Conference: The Caucasus: Zones of Contestation
"What's in a Name? Folklore, Pedigree, and Identity in the North Caucasus"
27 - 28 October 2009
Dr. Colarusso also chaired a number of sessions at the Central Eurasian Studies Society, 9th meeting at the University of Toronto between 9 - 11 October 2009