- Ph.D., in Slavic Languages and Literatures, Princeton University, 2000
- Russian language at all levels
- 19th- and 20th-century Russian poetry and prose
- Poetic song
- Russian popular culture
- Professor Lavine's research focuses on Russian poetry of the 20th century
She has published on 19th-century Russian literature. Her articles on Aleksandr Pushkin, Marina Tsvetaeva, Aleksandr Blok, and others, appear in American and European scholarly journals.