Julie Cassiday

Julie Cassiday
Willcox B. and Harriet M. Adsit Professor of Russian
Hollander Hall Rm 322
At Williams since 1994

On leave in 2017-2018.



B.A. Grinnell College, Russian (1986)
M.A. Stanford University, Russian (1990)
Ph.D. Stanford University, Slavic Languages (1995)

Areas of Expertise

Russian language and literature

Russian theater and cinema

Performance Studies

Gender Studies


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

RUSS 210 T / COMP 207

Tolstoy: The Major Novels

COMP 222

Detective Fiction

COMP 257 / GBST 213 / RUSS 213 / WGSS 214

From Putin to Pussy Riot: Discourses of Post-Soviet Gender

COMP 259 T / WGSS 259 / ENGL 261

Adultery in the Nineteenth-Century Novel

ENGL 371 T / COMP 331 / RUSS 331

The Brothers Karamazov

Scholarship/Creative Work

Thinking through Performance in Russian Culture, or Russian Performances.  Coeditor with Julie Buckler (Harvard University) and Boris Wolfson (Amherst College).  Forthcoming from the University of Wisconsin Press 2018.

“Glamazons en travesti:  Drag Queens in Putin’s Russia.”  Contribution to Thinking Through Performance in Russian Culture, or Russian Performances, co-edited with Julie Buckler and Boris Wolfson (see above).

“Vladislav Mamyshev-Monro, Frog-Princess of Neoacademism.”  Submitted for review by The Russian Review.

“Persian Cargo on a Russian Ark:  The Role of Iran in Sokurov’s Russian Ark.”  Article co-written with Leyla Rouhi and forthcoming in the International Journal of Persian Literature, 2017.

“Kool-Aid,” “Popsicle,” and “Sitophilia.” Entries in The Oxford Companion to Sugar and Sweets, ed. Darra Goldstein (New York: Oxford University Press, 2015), 384-385, 551, and 614-615.

“Why Stalinist Cinema Had No Detective Films, or How Three Becomes Two in Engineer Kochin’s Mistake.” Quarterly Review of Film and Video 31, no. 1 (Jan. 2014): 56-73.

“Post-Soviet Pop Goes Gay:  Russia’s Trajectory to Eurovision Victory.”  The Russian Review 73:1 (Jan. 2014):  1-23.

“A Personality Cult for the Post-modern Age:  Reading Vladimir Putin’s Public Persona.”  Chapter co-authored with Emily Johnson in Putin as Celebrity and Cultural Icon, edited by Helena Goscilo (London:  Routledge, 2012), 37-64.

“The Rise of the Actress in Early Nineteenth-Century Russia.”  Chapter in Women in Nineteenth-Century Russia:  Lives and Culture, edited by Wendy Rosslyn and Alessandra (Cambridge:  Open Book Publishers, 2012), 137-159.

“Vladimir Putin and Russia’s New Cult of Personality.”  Article co-authored with Emily Johnson.  Slavonic and East European Review 88, no. 4 (Oct. 2010):  681-707.  Reprinted in Post-Soviet Politics, ed. Stephen White and Cerwyn Moore, Sage Publications.

“Of Dandies, Flirts, and Cockatoos: Shakhovskoi’s Antitheatrical Lesson to Coquettes.” The Russian Review 65, no. 3 (July 2006): 393-416.

“Kirov and Death in The Great Citizen: The Fatal Consequences of Linguistic Mediation.” Slavic Review 64, no. 4 (Winter 2005): 799-822.

“Alcohol is Our Enemy! Soviet Temperance Melodramas of the 1920s.” In Louise McReynolds and Joan Neuberger, eds., Imitations of Life: Two Centuries of Melodrama in Russia (Durham: Duke University Press, 2002).

The Enemy on Trial: Early Soviet Courts on Stage and Screen. DeKalb, IL: Northern Illinois University Press, 2000.

“Northern Poetry for a Northern People:  Text and Context in Ozerov’s Fingal.” Slavonic and East European Review 78 (April 2000):  1-27.

“From Nevskii Prospekt to Zoia’s Apartment:  Trials of the Russian Procuress.”  Article co-authored with Leyla Rouhi.  The Russian Review 58 (July 1999):  413-31.

“Marble Columns and Jupiter Lights:  Theatrical and Cinematic Modeling of the Soviet Show Trial in the 1920s.”  Slavic and East European Journal 42, no. 4 (Winter 1998):  640-60.  Reprinted in Marit Paasche and Judy Radul, eds., A Thousand Eyes:  Media Technology, Law, and Aesthetics (Berlin:  Sternberg Press, 2011).

“Flash Floods, Bedbugs, and Saunas:  Social Hygiene in Maiakovskii’s Theatrical Satires of the Twenties.”  The Slavonic and East European Review 76, no. 4 (October 1998):  643-57.  Reprinted in Janet G. Tucker, ed., Against the Grain:  Parody, Satire, and Intertextuality in Russian Literature (Bloomington:  Slavica, 2002).

Awards, Fellowships & Grants

Nelson Bushnell ’20 Prize for writing and teaching, Division I, Williams College, 2014.

Gaudino Scholar, 2006-2008.

Summer Stipdend, National Endowment for the Humanities, 2007.

Williams College Faculty World Fellowship for travel to and research in Russia, 2004.

Professional Affiliations

American Association for Teachers of Slavic and Eastern European Languages

American Council of Teachers of Russian

Association for Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies

Association for Women in Slavic Studies

International Association for the Study of Popular Romance

Modern Language Association

Current Committees

  • Global Studies
  • President (2018) of the Association for Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies.  Preceded by a one-year term as Vice President (2017) and followed by a one-year term as Past President (2019) of the organization.

    Vice President (2008-2010) of the Executive Council of the American Association for Teachers of Slavic and East European Languages.