Professor West specializes in Russian literature, philosophy and art, especially in the early 19th and early 20th centuries. His interests include European, Classical and other influences on Russian culture; specialized approaches to poetry; Russian language; and translation theory and practice.
- Blue Geese or Self-Serving Relatives: Translation Across a Major Cultural Divide. Slovo, vol. 58, Uppsala, 2017.
- “Art and the Language of Russian Culture,” in The Russian Context, ed. Genevra Gerhart and Eloise Boyle. Bloomington: Slavica Press, 2001
- Biographical article on Zhukovskii (15,000 words) for the Russian Literature in the Age of Pushkin and Gogol volume of the Dictionary of Literary Biography, edited by Christine Rydel. (1998).
- “Knowledge, Belief and Art in Russian Neo-Kantianism,” in Studies in East European Thought, 47 (3-4), Dec. 1995 (special issue on Russian Neokantianism, ed. Bernice Rosenthal).
- “Kant, Kant, Kant: the Neo-Kantian Creative Consciousness in Andrei Bely's Peterburg,” in: The European Foundations of Russian Modernism. Ed. Peter I. Barta. Lewiston: Edwin Mellen Press, 1991.
- Russian Symbolism. London: Methuen, 1970.
- Aitova, Diana. On the significance of etiquette in Russian literature of the XIX century: the case of duels and balls. Honors Thesis, 2009.
- Mikhalchenko, Marina. Kitezh: the Geological, Literary and Etnographic Search After the Russian Atlantis. Honors Thesis, 2009.
- Yuzefpolskaya, Sofiya. The Pulse of Time: Immortality and the Word in the Poetry of Arsenii Tarkovskii. Diss., 2005.
- Blum, Jared J. Social and Moral Criticism in Russia Under Nicholas I, 1825-1855. Honors Thesis, 2000.
- Tapp, Linda S. Sacrificing the intelligentsia: Paradigms of spiritual renewal in Bely and Babel. Diss., 2000.
- Hoogen, Marilyn M. Igor Stravinsky, Nikolai Roerich, and the healing power of paganism. "The Rite of Spring" as ecstatic ritual of renewal for the Twentieth Century. Diss., 1997.
- Campbell, Thomas Harlan. Revue: A Poetic Translation of Joseph Brodsky's Представление with Commentaries in Russian and English. Honors Thesis, 1996.
- Graber, David S. National solutions to cultural decline in Russian, Polish and German literature at the end of the Great War: Russian Scythianism, Waclaw Berent's Living Stones, and Thomas Mann's Reflections. Diss., 1996.
- Lee, Hyung-Goo. How "Authentic" was Russian Neo-Classicism?: A Re-Examination of the Sources and Dissemination of Classical Knowledge in Russia and the Problem of Literary Taste. Diss., 1995.
- Colbath, Christopher. Psyche and the Lieutenant's Wife: the Divine Feminine in the Works of Ivanov and Bely. Honors Thesis, 1993.
- Rudova, Larissa V. Pasternak's Short Fiction and the Cultural Avant-Garde. Diss., 1989.
- LeBlanc, Ronald D. The Transplantation of Gil Blas: Problems in the Rise of the Russian Novel. Diss., 1984.
- Lilly, Ian K. The Lyric Poetry of N.M. Jazykov: A Periodization Using Objective Criteria. Diss., 1977.