Julia Bekman Chadaga, visiting assistant professor, specializes in 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 literature, visual art, material culture, and the history of science. She has written and published on topics that include religious discourse and electric light in the early Soviet period; mirrors as material objects and metaphors in the 18th and 19th centuries; Soviet subterranean spaces, from the Metro to Lenin's tomb; and aviation as a source for the visual experiments of the Russian avant-garde
Publications: Prof. Chadaga has published in the journals Russian Review and Slavic Review, and is preparing a monograph entitled Magic Spectacles: Glass and the Transformation of Vision in Modern Russia
Current Projects: Her new book focuses on the intersections of art and crime in 19th and 20th century Russia
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)
Office: Humanities 206
Phone: (651) 696-6587