Daria V. Ezerova specializes in twentieth-century and contemporary Russian culture and society with a focus on ideology, theories of space, and Putin-era literature and cinema. She received her Ph.D. in Slavic Languages and Literatures from Yale University in 2018.
Her book project Derelict Futures: The Spaces of Socialism in Russian Literature and Film, 1991-2012 examines how political power shaped the representation of space and time after the collapse of the USSR. Combining insights from social sciences and critical theory with research on urbanism, literature, and cinema, the project stakes a broader claim that the spatial expression of the idea of progress reveals distinct phases in the way Russian culture registered the fall of the USSR. Through this, it exposes cultural and political complexities obscured by the umbrella category of “post-Soviet” and participates in a transdisciplinary conversation about the interconnection of spatial practices, politics, and culture, as well as broader debates on the relationship between post-socialism and post-modernity. At the Harriman Institute, Dr. Ezerova will be completing her book manuscript as well as an article on the reemergence of the chernukha mode across media after the protests of 2011-13. She will also be teaching courses on post-Soviet and contemporary Russian culture.
Before coming to the Harriman Institute, Dr. Ezerova was a Visiting Assistant Professor of Russian Studies at Davidson College. She has an additional research interest in art history and her article on the influence of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood on Russian Symbolism is forthcoming in Slavic Review. She is also interested in the study of popular culture and has a chapter on horror and “body genres” in an anthology on Russian cinema. As the President of the ASEEES Working Group on Cinema and Television, she curates the film series for the ASEEES annual convention.