Faculty & Staff

Yuliya Ladygina

Teaching Assistant Professor of Russian
B.A., M.A., Kyiv T.G. Shevchenko State University, Ukraine, Ph.D., University of California, San Diego

Dr. Ladygina holds a Ph.D. in Comparative Literature and Slavic Studies from the University of California, San Diego.  She was most recently a Research Fellow at the Harvard Ukrainian Research Institute and a Visiting Assistant Professor of Russian at Williams College, where she taught courses on Russian and comparative literature, film, rhetorical writing, Russian language, and the 19th- and 20th-century Russian intellectual history. Dr. Ladygina’s research interests revolve around the European fin-de-siècle and interwar intellectual history and the state-sponsored informational warfare in contemporary Russia. Dr. Ladygina published articles on Olha Kobylians’ka, one of the most sophisticated Ukrainian modernist writers, and the representations of the recent Russo-Chechen conflict in contemporary Russian cinema. Her monograph, Bridging East and West: Ol’ha Kobylians’ka in the Context of European Intellectuals History, 1886-1936, is forthcoming with Toronto University Press.

Dr. Ladygina also enjoys hiking, camping, travelling, surfing, and sand sculpting. Together with her team the Sand Squirrels, Dr. Ladygina has won multiple championships in the US Open Sand Castle Competition, and she proudly holds the title of one of the best sand sculptors in the land.