Humanities Room 209
Assistant Professor of Russian Studies
Neill Hall 206
Julia Bekman Chadaga, assistant professor, specializes in nineteenth- and twentieth-century Russian literature and culture.
Education: B.A. in English Literature, Wesleyan University (1993); Ph.D. in Slavic Languages and Literatures, Harvard University (2003)
Areas of Interest: Prof. Chadaga’s work brings together such fields as Russian literature from the 18th century up through the present day, visual art, architecture, film, material culture, and the history of science. She has written and published on topics that include the relationship between religious discourse and electric light in the early Soviet period; mirrors as windows on Russian culture; illusion and ideology in Soviet subterranean spaces; and aviation as a source for the visual experiments of the Russian avant-garde.
Publications: Prof. Chadaga has published in the journals Russian Review, Slavic Review, andStudies in Twentieth and Twenty-First Century Literature. She has an essay in the edited volumeRites of Place: Public Commemoration in Russia and Eastern Europe. Her book Optical Play: Glass, Vision, and Spectacle in Russian Culture is forthcoming from Northwestern University Press.
Current Projects: She is currently working on two projects: one on the intersections of creativity and crime in 19th and 20th century Russia, and one on the gender dimensions of contemporary protest art.
Personal: She enjoys creative writing, making mosaics, and scaling small mountains and big works of art (as seen here with a sculpture by Peter Rockwell outside the Norman Rockwell Museum in Lenox, Massachusetts)