Current students


Erin Franklin

Erin Franklin joined the department in the linguistics track in 2010, after completing her master’s degree in Slavic Languages and Literatures at the University of Virginia. She is interested in conversation and discourse analysis, sign languages, and the role of gesture in languages.

Zachary Murphy King

Zachary Murphy King began his Ph.D in Russian Literature in 2011. Before coming to Chicago he worked as a translator and taught English language and literature in Kiev, Ukraine for two years after completing his undergraduate work. He received his B.A. with honors in English Literature from the University of California at Santa Barbara in 2009. Zack’s research interests include translation theory, Pushkin, early 20th-century Russian prose and poetry, and Modernism. He counts among his languages English, Russian, Polish, Spanish and German.

Cheryl Stephenson

Cheryl Stephenson came to the Slavic Department in 2011 after earning an MA in Slavic Languages and Literatures at the University of Washington. She is currently working towards a PhD in Czech Literature, focusing primarily on the 20th century. Her research interests include Czech and Russian drama, audience and readership in Czechoslovakia, and decorative arts and textiles in Russian and Czech culture.

Theodore Trotman

Theodore Trotman is a PhD student on the Interdisciplinary Studies track. Before coming to the University of Chicago, he earned a BA, with Honors, in Russian Studies at Grand Valley State University, in Michigan. He is focusing on contemporary Russian literature, especially post-Soviet fiction and Russian postmodernism. He also has interests in utopian/dystopian literature, Polish language and politics.

Kaitlyn Tucker

Kaitlyn Tucker is a PhD Candidate who is currently writing a dissertation entitled “Razcep: An Intellectual History of the Ljubljana School’s Split, 1968-1989.” Her research and training are situated at the crossroads of Slavic studies, history and critical theory, and have been supported by two American Councils Title VIII Fellowships, an ASEEES Dissertation Research Grant, a DAAD grant, several FLAS grants, as well as the Jana Zemljarič Miklavčič Scholarship Trust from the University of Ljubljana. At the University of Chicago, she has taught courses in the Human Being & Citizen Humanities Core as well as in the Slavic Department. In 2016-2017, she will teach two interdisciplinary courses in the Slavic Department: “Russian Short Fiction: Experiments in Form” (Winter 2017) and “The Intelligentsia: On Slavic Public Intellectuals” (Spring 2017).