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Williams College
Performance, Gender Studies, Queer Studies, Cultural Studies

Scholar's Bio

Willcox B. and Harriet M. Adsit Professor of Russian
Short Bio

Julie A. Cassiday teaches in the Department of German and Russian at Williams College. She has researched a wide variety of performance in Russian, Soviet, and post-Soviet culture, emphasizing gender and sexuality as performative constructs. Her publications include the monograph The Enemy on Trial: Early Soviet Courts on Stage and Screen (2000) and the volume of essays Russian Performances: Word, Object, Action (2018), which she co-edited with Julie A. Buckler and Boris Wolfson. She has also published articles on Stalinist film, the so-called cult of personality of Vladimir Putin (with Emily Johnson), and the Eurovision Song Contest. Her current research focuses on sexual citizenship and popular culture in Putin’s Russia.

18th through the 21st centuries
English, Russian, as well as some French and Spanish
Recent/Major Publications

“Vladislav Mamyshev-Monro, Frog-Princess of Neoacademism.” Forthcoming in The Russian Review in a cluster of articles devoted to Neoacademism.

“A World Without Safe-Words: Fifty Shades of Russian Grey.” Accepted for publication in The Journal of Popular Romance Studies in a cluster of articles devoted to “Romance Fiction in the International Marketplace” (coedited with Emily Johnson).

“Sacrifice and Self in Everybody Dies But Me.” Essay in forthcoming The ‘Other’ Martyrs: Women and the Poetics of Sexuality, Sacrifice, and Death in World Literatures, ed. by Alireza Korangy and Leyla Rouhi, to be published in the series “Martyrdom and Literature” at Harrassowitz Verlag.

Russian Performances: Word, Object, Action. Coeditor with Julie A. Buckler and Boris Wolfson (Madison: University of Wisconsin Press, 2018).

“Glamazons en travesti: Drag Queens in Putin’s Russia.” Essay to Russian Performances: Word, Object, Action, co-edited with Julie A. Buckler and Boris Wolfson (Madison: University of Wisconsin Press, 2018), 272-281.