Department News

  • Congratulations to Dillon Lazar for winning the Anna Lisa Crone Award for his accomplishments in Russian literature and culture!

    Congratulations to Livia Mann for winning the George V. Bobrinskoy Award for excellence in the study of Slavic languages and literatures!

    Congratulations to Emma Wagh for winning the C. Davies Shallcross Award for her performance in the Russian and East European Studies major! The C. Davies Shallcross Award was established this year to honor the memory of Davies Shallcross, who stalwartly supported Polish Studies at the University of Chicago.

  • Anne Eakin Moss joined the Department of Slavic Languages & Literatures (Autumn 2021) as Assistant Professor. Anne comes to us from the Department of Comparative Thought & Literature at Johns Hopkins University. Her research focuses on Russian literature and cinema, intersections of literature and philosophy, gender theory, film phenomenology, and theories of spectatorship. She is the author of Only Among Women: Philosophies of Community in the Russian Imagination, 1860-1940 (Northwestern, 2020). Welcome, Anne!

  • Basic Information

    Position Title

    Assistant Professor of Russian Literature and Culture

    Location: Chicago, Illinois

    Position Type

    Faculty - Tenure Track/Tenured

    Position URL

    Position Description

    The Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures at the University of Chicago is seeking a tenure-track Assistant Professor with a multidisciplinary approach to Russian literary/cultural studies. The successful candidate will demonstrate the ability to connect with faculty, staff, and students with diverse backgrounds and interests, to mentor undergraduate and graduate students, to excel in teaching, and to build our program. We will review applications from all humanistic and social science disciplines with particular interest in candidates who cover gaps in our current research areas (such as pre-1840s or late and post-Soviet literature and culture) and can help the department develop new insights in critical areas of research and teaching (such as, but not limited to, environmental, LGBTQ, race, performance, or post-colonial studies). The position begins July 1, 2022, or as soon as possible thereafter, with a teaching load of four courses per year, including one in the Humanities Core.


    Applicants must have completed all requirements for receipt of the PhD degree in a field related to the area of the position prior to the start of the appointment, including officially filing the dissertation.

    Application Instructions

    Complete application materials include:

    • CV
    • cover letter
    • writing sample
    • one-page research review
    • one-page teaching statement describing experience, interests, and methodology
    • three letters of reference

    Applicant’s materials must be submitted at the University of Chicago’s Academic Recruiting website at no later than 11:00pm central time on October 22, 2021. All letters of recommendation must be received by November 1, 2021. Following the initial review candidates may be asked for additional materials. For further information please email Tracy Davis at

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  • Congratulations, Class of 2021! We wish you the very best on this next phase—whether you’re off to pursue further studies or off to start your career—we wish you all success!

  • Adam Zagajewski was one of Poland's greatest poets, a kind human being, and a friend. He passed away on Saturday, March 21st. He was a faculty member at the University of Chicago's Committee on Social Thought. Read "The Great Poet Has Gone" by Adam Zagajewski here.

  • A Tribute to Professor Robert Bird | It is with deep sadness and disbelief that we have faced the passing of our colleague Robert Bird on September 7, 2020. Robert was diagnosed with colon cancer at Christmas time, and in his characteristically stoic way, asked that his colleagues in the Slavic Department not be told until after the holidays....

    Read the rest of the tribute here.

  • Click here to watch a recent round table discussion featuring Human Rights Activist Ales Bialiatski, Political Scientist Michael McFaul, and Historian David Marples. Also featured are Olga V. Solovieva and Zhanna Charniauskaya.

  • With the holidays approaching, some simple measures can improve the safety of family celebrations. Dr. Emily Landon, Executive Medical Director of Infection Prevention and Control at UChicago Medicine, has provided recommendations and considerations to guide your preparations for travel and reconnecting with family. She addresses issues such as how to plan for trips during the pandemic, precautions to take for in-person celebrations, and things to discuss before a family get-together. Continuing to uphold the UChicago Health Pact can limit the spread of COVID-19 at home as well as on campus.