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Julie A. Cassiday

Ph.D. in Slavic Languages and Literatures and Humanities, 1995

Professor of Russian, Williams College

When I left Stanford in 1994, I took a position at Williams College where I have been working in the Russian Department there ever since. Although the Russian program at Williams is relatively small, I’ve been blessed with outstanding students and fantastic colleagues—among whom is another alumna of Stanford’s Slavic Department, Darra Goldstein.

Working at a liberal arts college has allowed me to branch out in my research and teaching. In addition to courses in Russian language and literature, I teach courses in Comparative literature and have chaired both my department and the Program in Comparative Literature at Williams. Much to my own surprise, I’ve also become the resident expert on Tolstoi and Dostoevskii at Williams, which I would have never anticipated in light of my interests during graduate school.
 
I continue to work on theater, cinema, and theatricality of the early Soviet period, but my current research focuses above all on Russian theater and theatricality of the early nineteenth century.  I am currently working on a book manuscript that examines gender performance during the golden era of Russian theater.  I've also published an article on the cult of personality of Vladimir Putin with Emily Johnson of the University of Oklahoma, and I hope to publish soon something on Russia's participation in the Eurovision Song Contest.