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Russian Language and Literature


Ph.D., Slavic Studies, University of Illinois at Chicago
Completed graduate Concentration in Gender and Women Studies, and graduate Concentration in Central and Eastern European Studies
Ph.D., Eastern Slavic Literatures, Maria Curie-Sklodowska University of Lublin (Poland)
M.A., with Distinction, Cultural Studies, National University of “Kyiv-Mohyla Academy” (Ukraine)
B.A., Russian and Ukrainian Languages and Literature, Ukrainian State Pedagogical

As a scholar, I am interested in the intersection of politics and cultural production. Currently, I am working on transforming my Ph.D. thesis about Russian and Ukrainian Post-Soviet political subjectivity through the lens of the protest art and literature into a monograph, tentatively titled Voices of Political Revival: Post-Soviet Literature of Russia and Ukraine. My research area is Russian and Ukrainian literature, visual and performative art of the 20th and 21st centuries. While paying tribute to the progressive, innovative, and experimental cultural production of the early Soviet period, my work primarily focuses on the texts of the late Soviet period of stagnation, perestroika, the collapse of the USSR, and the post-Soviet period. In studying the cultural production of the Soviet and post-Soviet periods, I aim to explore and explain how art and literature shape the political identity of their audiences. As a researcher and interpreter, I am interested in the epistemology of literature and culture. In my research, I explore how truths and untruths of and about the Soviet period led to the appearance of post-Soviet post-truth. In analyzing cultural production, I pay close attention to the relationship between aesthetics and the politics of cultural products. I frame my research in categories of post-colonial and post-totalitarian studies, exploring how art and literature have responded to political shifts and how they have prepared the way for these changes and contributed to them as they happened. I am also interested in researching the relationship between Russia, Ukraine, and the West, how cultural production contributed to cultural diplomacy in the Soviet period, and what paradigmatical shifts happened in the post-Soviet era.

As an educator of language and literature, I believe that learning a second language and culture is a lifelong process that merits a personalized approach. All learners, especially adults, have their own aims and pragmatic reasons to learn a second language. I see myself as a helper in exploring and unlocking each learner’s potential. That is why I always try to consider the individual needs and interests of my students. In my teaching, I focus a lot of energy on developing my learners’ soft skills, which they will need regardless of their future careers. I always emphasize that my learners will improve their critical thinking, reading, communicating, public speaking, writing, and time management skills.
Before I started my NCF journey, I had the experience of teaching and researching in different European and North American institutions. For example, I was a research fellow in the Center of Contemporary History in Potsdam (Germany), the Munk Center for International Studies at the University of Toronto (Canada), the Harvard Ukrainian Research Institute. I participated in educational and scholarly programs in the Catholic University of Lublin (Poland) the Higher School of Economics in Saint Petersburg (Russia). I taught different courses on language and literature at Kyiv-Mohyla Academy (Ukraine) and the University of Illinois at Chicago.

Recent Courses

Spring 2022

Russian Intermediate II
Propaganda and Alterity in Soviet and Russian Film
Module on “Aging and Cultural Production” in Health, Culture, and Societies: Interdisciplinary Explorations
Tutorial on Russian Language Pedagogy II

Fall 2021

Russian Intermediate I
Eurocentric Meets Postcolonial. Contemporary Literature of Central and Eastern Europe
Tutorial: Reading Russian Literature in Original
Tutorial: Advanced Russian – Faces of Contemporary Russia
Tutorial: Russian Language Pedagogy I
ISP: Songs of Political Protest


Work in Progress

Voices of Political Revival: Post-Soviet Literature of Russia and Ukraine – a monograph.

“Russian Intelligentsia: Importance or Impotence in Facing the Pandemic. Vladimir Sorokin’s The Blizzard and Victor Pelevin’s iPhuk 10,” Russian Literature, Cluster on Contagion and Conflagration – a referred journal article submitted.

“Chornobyl as a Gateway to the Uncanny: Representing the Disaster in Western Documentaries”, Energy/Waste: Approaches to the Environment in Post-Soviet Cultures, ed. Irina Anisimova, Maria Hristova, and Alyssa DeBlasio, University of Bergen Press. Projected date of publication – early 2023. – a chapter in the edited volume.

Nostalgia, and Anxiety in the Visual and Performing Arts: Russia, Eastern, and Central Europe, edited volume, Vernon Press – work in progress. Projected date of publication – September – October 2022. – an editor and contributor of the chapter: “Nostalgia and Dangerous Aestheticization of the Soviet Reality: The Red Queen and Russian Beauty.”

Crimea in Ukrainian Narrative: Cultural Twists and Turns – work in progress – Special issue for East/West Journal in Ukrainian Studies. Projected date of publication – Fall issue of 2023 – a guest editor and contributor of the article: “Crimean Tatars in Ukrainian Cultural Discourse: from Other to Brother.”

“Superfluous Men Speaking Out: Zakhar Prilepin’s Sankya Challenges the Paradigm”, SEEJ – a refereed journal article – under revisions.

Cossacks in Jamaica, Ukraine at the Antipodes. Essays in Honor of Marko Pavlyshyn, Edited by Alessandro Achilli, Serhiy Yekelchyk, and Dmytro Yesypenko, Academic Studies Press, Boston 2020, in Ab/Imperio – submitted and accepted for publication.

Refereed Edited Volumes

Neo-anti-colonialism VS Neo-imperialism: the Relevance of the Postcolonial Discourse in the Post-Soviet Space. (in Ukrainian and English), (ed. Gelinada Grinchenko and Tetyana Dzyadevych), East-West: the Scholarly Journal for History and Culture, Special Issue, #16 – 18, Kovalsky Eastern Ukrainian Institute, Kharkiv 2013, 551 pp.

Review by Sasha Razor in Slavic and Eastern European Journal, Issue 59:1, (Spring 2015). 156 – 158.

Review by Serhii Tereshchenko in Ukraina Moderna, Issue 22, 2015. 228 – 232.

Education of Sensibility: Some Thoughts on Post-colonialism in Ukraine and not only in Ukraine. (in Ukrainian) (ed.), Almanakh Young Nation, Smoloskyp Publishers, Kyiv 2007, 176 pp.

Chapters in Refereed Collective monographs

“Postcolonial Research in Contemporary Ukrainian Humanities” (in Russian), (in co-authorship with Vahtang Kebuladze), Politics of Knowledge and Academic Communities, (Kebuladze, ed.), Vilnius, European Humanitarian University, 2015, pp. 172 – 191.

“Ukrainian Socrealism Literature in the European Discourse. Standard-bearers by Oles Gonchar (1946 – 1948)“ (in German), Europa im Ostblock. Vorstellungen und Diskurse (1945-1991) / Europe in the Eastern Bloc. Imaginations and Discourses, ed. José M. Faraldo, Paulina Gulińska- Jurgiel, Christian Domnitz, Köln, Wien (Böhlau Verlag) 2008. 145 – 163.

Refereed Journal Articles and Book Chapters

“Teaching and Learning Indigenous Languages of the Russian Federation”, (in co-authorship with Dylan Charter, Anna Gomboeva, Lenore Grenoble, Jessica Kantarovich, Hilah Kohen, Irina Sadovina, Rossina Soyan), RLJ, Special Issue on DEAI, Vol. 71, No 3, 2022, pp. 73 – 99 – forthcoming.

“WWII: Women’s Rapes Screening in Film. Comparing Film Narrations”, Plural, Journal of the History and Geography, Department “Ion Grenga”, Pedagogical State University, Chisinau, Vol.4, no.2, History. Culture. Society. Editura ARC, 2016, pp. 81 – 94.

“Garden in Venice” by Mileta Prodanovic as Post-colonial Text” (in Serbian), Српска кньижевност у украjинском ЛитАкценту / Уредио Деjан АjдачиЋ. – Београд: Алма: Проjекат Растко, 2015. 61 – 67.

“Child’s Death as a Tool: Pioneer-Heroes in a Soviet Educational System” in: Dystopia: Journal of Totalitarian Ideologies and Regimes, State University of Moldova, Center for the Study of Totalitarianism, Volume I, no 1 – 2 2012, Cartier 2012, pp. 316 – 323.

“In the Desert and Wilderness” by H. Sienkiewicz: Ukrainian, Soviet and Russian Perception (in Polish) in: “Wokół “W Pustyni i Puszczy”, Kraków: TAiWPN UNIVERSITAS 2012, pp. 536 – 545.

Multiplicity of Identities in the Olga Tokarczuk’s Texts (in Ukrainian), in Litakcent, October 10th 2009:

Keeping Distance from Empire (in Chinese), in: Ewa Thompson, Imperial Knowledge: Russian Literature and Colonialism, Peking University Press, 2009, pp. IX – XIX.

Painful Search for the Identity: Generational Conflict in the Contemporary Ukrainian Cinema (in Polish), in: The Past in the Cinematography of the Central and Eastern Europe after 1989, ed. Boguslav Bakula and Monika Talarczyk-Gubala, Poznan (WiS), 2008, pp. 175 – 184.

Book Reviews

Oleksandra Wallo, Ukrainian Women Writers and the National Imaginary: From the Collapse of the USSR to the Euromaidan (University of Toronto Press, 2019), in Tulsa Studies in Women’s Literature, Volume 40, a special issue on Women and Archives – April 2021, pp. 177 – 180.

Oksana Zabuzhko, Selected Poems, Arrowsmith Press, 2020, ISBN: 978-1-7346416-3-9, in: Los Angeles Review of Books

Lyudmila Parts, In Search of the True Russia. The Provinces in Contemporary Nationalist Discourse, The University of Wisconsin Press, 2018, ISBN 978-0-299-31760, in: Ab/Imperio, Vol 1, 2020, pp. 383 – 386.

The Quest for a Free Ukraine, by Olena Chekan. Edited by Bohdan Rodyk Chekan. Vienna: Der Konterfei, 2015. 94 pages. ISBN 978-3-903043-04-6, in: The Sarmatian Review, Vol. XXXVI, #3, September 2016, pp. 2045 – 2046.

Roger D. Markwick and Euridice Charon Cardona, Soviet Women on the Frontline in the Second World War (New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2012), xxiv, 305 pp. Index. ISBN: 978-0-230-57952-1, in: Ab/Imperio # 1/2014, pp. 51 – 54.

Joshua Shanes, Diaspora Nationalism and Jewish Identity in Habsburg Galicia, Cambridge University Press, 2012, 336 p., in: Ukraina Moderna

Maureen Healy, Vienna and the Fall of the Habsburg Empire: Total War and Everyday Life in the World War I, Cambridge, 2007, in: Ukraina Moderna

Steven Seegel, Mapping Europe’s Borderlands. Russian Cartography in the Age of Empire, The University of Chicago Press, 2012, in: Ukraina Moderna

Cooper David L., Creating the Nation. Identity and Aesthetics in Early Nineteenth-century Russia and Bohemia, DeKalb: Northern Illinois University Press, 2010. 347, (Ukrainian), in: Neo-anti-colonialism VS Neo-imperialism: the Relevance of the Postcolonial Discourse in the Post-Soviet Space, East-West: the Scholarly Journal for History and Culture, Special Issue, #16 – 18, the Kovalsky Eastern Ukrainian Institute, Kharkiv 2013, 520-522.

Encyclopedia Articles

“Solomia Pavlychko, (in Ukrainian)”, Historical Encyclopedia of Ukraine, – accepted for publication.

“Aleksander Fredro, (in Ukrainian)”, Historical Encyclopedia of Ukraine, – accepted for publication.

“Literature of Kyiv. From Early Days to 1917 (in Ukrainian)”, Electronic Historical Encyclopedia of Kyiv, Volume I (Early Days – 1917), 3 Media, 1999.

“Art of Kyiv. From Early Days to 1917(in Ukrainian)”, Electronic Historical Encyclopedia of Kyiv, Volume I (Early Days – 1917), 3 Media, 1999.

Non-Refereed Book Chapters and Other Contributions:

“A Small Program in a Small College for Great-Minded People”, ACTR Letter, Vol. 48, No 1, Fall 2021, pp. 8 – 10.
“World/Space/Place in a Service for Civil Society Mobilization. Ukrainian Case”, Herald of Kharkiv State University named after Vasylii Karazin, Volume on Contemporary Ukrainian History, 2014, #1138, Issue 19, 93-97.

“Gender and WWII: framing new approaches”, Ukraina Moderna:

“It is time to gather stones (in Ukrainian)”, The Bridge: Journal of the International Association of Humanities, Volume 2, Issue 6 (9),

Refereed Introductions

“Delicate actuality by Paul Claudel” (in Ukrainian), The Satin Slipper by Paul Claudel, Kajros Publishers, Kyiv 2007, pp. 5 – 10.

“To keep distance from the Empire” (in Ukrainian), Imperial Knowledge by Ewa M. Thompson, Osnovy Publishers, Kyiv 2006, pp. 6 – 16.