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Graduate Students


Slavic Studies Graduate Students


Christopher Carr


University of Michigan, Bachelor of Business Administration, May 1998;
Middlebury College, Master of Arts in Russian, August 2004



Serious interest in Russian began while serving as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Uzbekistan (1999-2001). Current academic interests include: 19th-century Russian and Polish Intellectual History and Philosophy (Herzen, Turgenev, Cieszkowski); Dostoevsky and the West; Bakhtin; Early-Soviet Literature (Bulgakov, Zamyatin, Pasternak); Sergey Dovlatov and the anecdote; Russian cinema (general history, Yuri Norstein and Russian animation, Tarkovsky, contemporary films dealing with the return of the father to Russia); Russian elegy; Comparative Cultural/Intellectual Developments in Russia and in America (18th and 19th centuries); Empire and Central Asia.


Conference papers and publications:

"Satiety or Freedom: The Unwanted Transfiguration of Sharik in Bulgakov's The Heart of a Dog - AATSEEL Conference, January 2012

"The Anecdote as Anti-Ideology in Sergey Dovlatov's Nashi" - Brown University Graduate Student Conference, April 2011 (Publication of conference proceedings forthcoming)

"Facing Annihilation: The Zhivago Cycle as Headstone and Elegy" - Harvard University Graduate Student Conference - On the Edge: The Long 1940s in Soviet and Post-Soviet Culture, April 2010

"The Mimetic Self: Yuri Zhivago’s “Hamlet” as a Reflection of Russian History" - Mid-Atlantic Slavic Conference, March 2010

Diana Dukhanova


B.A., Liberal Arts, Hampshire College, 2005 M.A., Comparative Literature, Dartmouth College, 2008

Diana M. Dukhanova was born in St. Petersburg, Russia and has lived in the United States since 1991. Diana's primary academic interests include medieval Russian history, Russian Orthodox monasticism, representations of gender and uses of Biblical tropes in Russian literature, and French feminist philosophy. Outside her Ph.D. studies, Diana is an activist for women's issues and has published several articles on birth control, breast cancer, and pregnancy.

Conference Papers and Publications: “Memory, Tribute, and Subversion: The Diaries of Zinaida Gippius and Anais Nin” - Mid-Atlantic Slavic Conference, 2010


Iryna Hniadzko


Katie Kahle


B.A., Russian Language and Literature, University of California, Berkeley, 2007 M.A., Literary Translation, University of East Anglia, UK, 2009

Interests: Russian Symbolism; Tsvetaeva; Akhmatova; the theater of the Silver Age; Czech literature of the early 20th century, specifically Karel Capek; dystopia; Russian to English translation in the 20th and 21st centuries.

Publications and conference papers:

“Enlisting the Memory of Memory: Anna Akhmatova’s Requiem” - Mid-Atlantic Slavic Conference, 2010


Keren Klimovsky


Combined B.A./M.A., Brown University, 2008: 

B.A., double concentration in Theater Arts and Comparative Literature; M.A., Slavic Studies.

My main interest lies in theater and performance, more specifically - the theatricalization of life during the Silver Age and absurdist Russian and Polish plays from the beginning of the 20th century (Wietkevicz, Gombrovicz, Kharms, Vvedensky, Soloviov, Andreev). I have also done some work on Nabokov, Mandelstam, Sologub and obscure 18th century poetry...

Publications and conference papers:

"Metaphors in Poetic Languages in Mandelstam's ‘Conversation about Dante’" - AATSEEL 2009.


Leon Kogan


Brittney Kondratiev


M.A., French Language and Literature, Tulane

Interests: 19th century Russian Literature, especially Tolstoy, Chekhov, Gogol, Dostoevsky, Turgenev; the literary relationship between France and Russia; contemporary Ukraine; Bunin, Olesha, and Bulgakov; Flaubert and Zola.

Publications and conference papers:

"The Importance of Looking Back to Childhood in Andrei Bely's Kotik Letaev and Bruno Schulz's The Street of Crocodiles" 7th Annual SLLC Graduate Forum, "Reflections on Optimism" University of Maryland, College Park, 2009

On the Breaking Clock, Breaking String and the Chopping Axe: Sound as a Literary Technique in Chekhov’s The Cherry Orchard and Three Sisters Mid-Atlantic Slavic Conference, 2010

Gideon Sanford


Anastasia Selemeneva


Vitaliy Simankov

Konstantin Starikov


Fulbright Russian Language Teaching Assistant

2008-2009: Irina Korovina
2007-2008: Alyona Yazykova

2010-2011: Alevtina Mugacheva

2011-2012: Ekaterina Pigusova