Baktygul Aliev

Assistant Professor of Russian
Hollander Hall Rm 346
At Williams since 2015


B.A. American University of Central Asia, Journalism (2000)
M.A. Ball State University, Journalism (2001)
M.A. McGill University, Russian and Slavic Studies (2007)
Ph.D. McGill University, Russian and Slavic Studies (2014)


Note: courses in gray are not offered this academic year.

RUSS 101(F)

Elementary Russian I

RUSS 104(S)

Intermediate Russian II

COMP 244 / GBST 214 / RUSS 215(F)

Race and (post)Colonialism in Eurasia

COMP 285 / GBST 220 / RUSS 220

World War II in Russian Culture

PSCI 294 / GBST 214 / RUSS 214 / COMP 220

Contemporary Russian Culture and Politics

RUSS 305 / COMP 305

Dostoevsky: Context and Interpretation

RUSS 402(S)

Senior Seminar: Russia under Putin

Scholarship/Creative Work

“Dialogism and recognition: Devushkin’s identity formation in Dostoevsky’s Poor FolkRussian literature (forthcoming)

“Ethics of Communication in Dostoevsky’s DemonsAustralian Slavonic and East European Studies Vol. 28, Nos. 1-2 (2014), pp. 33-49.

“Leo Tolstoy and the Tradition of Critical Thinking” Toronto Slavic Quarterly 35 (winter 2011), pp.7-20.

“Desacralizing the Idyll: Chekhov’s Transformation of the Pastoral” The Russian Review (July 2010), 69 (3), pp. 463-476.

“Неслучайное семейство: Родство персонажей Т.Толстой и Ф.Достоевского” Russian Literature 67 (2010) pp. 131-149.

“Взгляды Н.М.Карамзина на падение Новгородской Республики в свете теории о русском Предвозрождении” New Zealand Slavonic Journal 43 (2009), pp. 55-74.

“Истина и басни в «Борисе Годунове» А.С.Пушкина: иронический диалог философии и риторики” Bulgarian Rusistics Vol 2 (2008), pp. 61-78

Awards, Fellowships & Grants

Postdoctoral Fellowship. Social Science Research Council of Canada (SSHRC). 2015 – 2017 (declined)

Postdoctoral Fellowship. Le Fonds de recherche du Québec – Société et culture (FRQSC). 2015 – 2017 (declined)

Doctoral Fellowship, Le Fonds québécois de la recherche sur la société et la culture (FQRSC), 2010 – 2012

Doctoral Fellowship, McGill University, 2008 – 2010

Civic Education Project Teaching Fellowship, Open Society Institute/American University of Central Asia, 2002 – 2003

Junior Faculty Development Program Fellowship, US Department of State/Ball State University/American University of Central Asia, 2000 – 2001

American University in Bulgaria Undergraduate Scholarship, Open Society Institute (one year taken out of four funded) 1996 – 1997

Freedom Support Act/Future Leaders Exchange Program Scholarship, United States Information Agency, 1994 – 1995

Current Committees

  • Winter Study Committee