Alumni, Faculty, and Student Updates


Angela Brintlinger was invited to contribute to the article “The ‘Great War’ through ‘Great October’: 1914/1917 in Russian Memory,” in The Great War in Post-Memory Literature and Film.  Brintlinger also collaborated with the history department’s Origins where she published a review on Mark Lawrence Schrad’s Vodka Politics: Alcohol, Autocracy, and the Secret History of the Russian State and contributed to a podcast on 25 years after the fall of the Berlin Wall. In addition, Brintlinger’s blog postBack in the U**R: Russia’s New Profanity Wars,” was published by New York University’s Jordan Center for the Advanced Study of Russia.

Trevor Brown, director of the Glenn School, has been elected as a Fellow in the National Academy of Public Administration.

Theodora Dragostinova’s and Yana Hashamova’s co-edited volume Beyond Mosque, Church, and State: Alternative Narratives of the Nation in the Balkans is forthcoming in 2015-16 from Central European University Press.

Helena Goscilo spent May as a visiting research fellow at the Centre for Russian and Eurasian Studies at the University of Uppsala, Sweden, where she delivered a talk “Tuning into the Party: Gendered Graphics.” She gave two invited presentations: “How to Become a National Treasure: Putin and PR” at the University of Tampere, Finland and “Machismo a la Russe: Putin and the Art of Masculinity” at Lodz University, Poland. 

Goscilo’s conference presentations include “The Politics of Translation: Status and Market” and “Tepid Grown Cold.” At Ohio State’s Slavic Literature/Culture Forum she spoke on Soviet posters—the topic of her current monograph. In October she gave a talk at Bowdoin College, “Seeing Red: Soviet Women in Graphic Form,” and at Princeton University, where she was an invited discussant for the graduate student conference “Dumpster Diving and Sustainability: Managing the Limited Resources of Culture.” “The Thorny Thicket of ‘Children’s Literature’”—her introduction to a group of articles organized by Marina Balina, collectively titled “Reconfiguring Childhood: The Girl’s World,” appeared in Russian Review 73.

Yana Hashamova presented “Looking for the Balkan (Br)other: Representations of Bulgarians in Russian Film” at Miami University in April. In May, she taught a course on cultural representation of minorities in Russian film for the Research Center of Russian Studies at Beijing Normal University. She gave 18 lectures to undergraduate and graduate students during her visit to Beijing. As a result of her trip, CSEES and scholars from Beijing Normal University will organize a series of events in spring 2015 on the state of Russian studies in China and the U.S.

Hashamova also visited Belgrade and Ljubljana where she gave presentations and had discussions with colleagues from the Research Center of the Slovene Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Maria Ignatieva published “Links in the Chain: Croatian Drama of the Last Decade of the 20th Century” in the collection of papers dedicated to the 40th anniversary of Dni Hvarskogo Kazalista and “The Lessons from the Duke” in the journal Stanislavsky. Maria presented "Pushkin's Boris Godunov as Russian Political Nostradamus" at the International Graduate Seminar, Dubrovnik, Croatia; “With or Without the System? Stanislavsky's Work with Female Actors" at the Congress of the International Federation for Theatre Research in Warwick, UK and “Hauptman and Modern Russian Theatre,” at the Comparative Drama Conference in Baltimore, Maryland. In addition, Ignatieva received a research grant from Ohio State for regional campuses supporting the puppet master class at the Academy of Drama in Osjek, Croatia.

Ludmila Isurin spent a month in Munich, Germany on a visiting fellowship at the Center for Advanced Studies of the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universitat Munchen (CASLMU). She presented two lectures, taught a session of graduate courses on Second Language Acquisition and conducted a two-day conference on Russian immigration in Germany. She is currently co-editing a volume from the conference with a professor from CASLMU. In addition, Isurin gave a talk at the 17th World Congress of Applied Linguistics in Brisbane, Australia:  “Transfer and Beyond: The Case of Russian-English Bilinguals.”

Brian D. Joseph, the Kenneth E. Naylor Professor of South Slavic Languages and Linguistics, spent a week in Ljubljana, Slovenia, as the first Ohio State visitor in the scholarly exchange program between Ohio State and the Research Centre of the Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts (ZRC SAZU). Joseph presented three lectures and headed a discussion session on interdisciplinary members of ZRC SAZU.  Following his visit to Slovenia, he presented a paper at the ‘Sprache und Kultur der Albaner: Zeitliche und Raumliche Dimensionen” conference in Pogradec, Albania, and then performed fieldwork on Greek linguistics in the southern Albanian city of Himara.

Marianna Klochko presented “Attitudes about Success: Is it Rational to be Dishonest during Economic Transition?” at the XVIII ISA World Congress of Sociology, Yokohama, Japan, July 17, 2014.

Scott Levi published an entry “Farghana Valley” in the Encyclopaedia of Islam, Three and  “The Legend of the Golden Cradle: Babur’s Legacy and Political Legitimacy in the Khanate of Khoqand.” He delivered a presidential address and presented a paper on “Military Technology and the Early Modern Central Asian State: Changing Dynamics and the Rise of Khoqand” at a joint conference of the Central Eurasian Studies Society and the Association for Slavic, East European and Eurasian Studies at Nazarbayev University in Kazakhstan. Levi also delivered “Early Modern Central Asia and the Outside World” at a postdoctoral summer school program organized by the Central Asia Research and Training Initiative (CARTI) at Central European University in Budapest and “Islam in Precolonial Central Asia” for the Exploring Critical World Issues Seminar at the University of Pittsburgh. He has served as a member of the CARTI advisory committee since 2009, during which time the initiative has funded more than 100 postdoctoral grants.

Morgan Liu won the 2014 Central Eurasian Studies Society Book of the Year Award for his research monograph, Under Solomon’s Throne: Uzbek Visions of Renewal in Osh.

John Quigley published an op-ed on Ukraine titled “Providing Lethal Aid Will Shatter Ceasefire; Add to Death and Destruction,” published in McClatchy-Tribune newspapers across the country. In addition, he wrote a blog piece “Finding an Accommodation for Crimea” for the Mayhew-Hite Report. Quigley was also interviewed for a show on Russia Today about Ukraine and NATO.

Jenny Suchland published an interview on the website LeftEast with scholar Madina Tlostanova about the crisis in Crimea. In addition, she met with the organizers of Red Dawns/Rdece Zore, a Slovenian international feminist and queer festival that has been happening annually since 2001 in Ljubljana, Slovenia, to discuss feminism and queer cultural activism in Slovenia. The full blogpost about Red Dawns is published on Suchland’s blog.

Gleb Tsipursky published the articles “Power, Jazz, and Soviet Youth in the Early Cold War, 1948-53,”  forthcoming in the summer 2016 Journal of Musicology; “Coercion and Consumption: The Khrushchev Leadership's Ruling Style in the Campaign against ‘Westernized’ Youth, 1954-64,” in The Socialist Beat in the Soviet Bloc and “A Soviet Moral Panic? Youth, Delinquency, and the State, 1953-61,” in Juvenile Delinquency and the Limits of Western Influence. In addition, he presented “Amateur Arts and Soviet Educational Policy in the 1950s-60s” and “Amateur Arts as a Component of Soviet Educational Policy: Key Transformations in This Sphere during the Thaw” at the “Kontseptual’nye osnovaniia sovetskoi obrazovatel’noi politiki (1920-1980)” conference in Moscow, Russia.

Graduate Students

Dusty Wilmes is publishing an article in the autumn 2014 volume of Studies in Russian and Soviet Cinema titled “National Identity (De)Construction in Recent Independent Cinema: Kirill Serebrennikov’s Yury's Day and Sergei Loznitsa’s My Joy.


Dinissa Duvanova (2002) won the Ed A. Hewett Book Prize from the Association for Slavic, East European and Eurasian Studies for an outstanding publication on the political economy of Russia, Eurasia and/or Eastern Europe. Duvanova's book is Building Business in Post-Communist Russia, Eastern Europe, and Eurasia: Collective Goods, Selective Incentives, and Predatory States.

Lisa Goddard (2011) is a project manager for a private IT firm in Richmond, Virginia and is adjunct faculty at Virginia Commonwealth University for the Department of Political Science. She will be teaching Russian and post-Soviet politics. In addition, she organizes a Russian conversation group for all levels and works with international students as a volunteer.

Daniel Gray (2008) is an Alfa Fellow, working as a consultant at Boston Consulting Group in Moscow, Russia.

Lauren Kolenko (2010) is a Contractor Researcher at the Kettering Foundation in Dayton, Ohio.

Sheri Kunovich (2000) is chair of the Department of Sociology, Southern Methodist University.

Roman Nitze (2006) is graduate program coordinator for the Department of Mathematics, The Ohio State University.

Derek Peterson (2013) is program coordinator for the Department of Slavic and East European Languages and Cultures, The Ohio State University. 

Daniel Purdy (2013) is an analyst at the Government Accountability Office.

Alex Radsky (2013) is program manager at the Adams Center of Military History and Strategic Analysis where he does archival work for military historical documents.

Yuliya Walsh graduated with a PhD in May 2014 from Ohio State’s Department of Slavic and Eastern Languages and Literatures. Her dissertation, "Forms of Address in Contemporary Ukrainian Newspapers: Morphology, Gender and Pragmatics,” is available in the Ohio State libraries. As part of her dissertational research, she presented a lecture titled, “Apposition to Ukrainian Address” at the Midwest Slavic Conference. Yuliya is currently teaching at Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio.