Melikian Faculty Affiliates

Anna Holian
Associate Professor
Ph.D., University of Chicago
Research Interests:
20th-century Germany and Eastern Europe; migration and displacement; architecture and urbanism
Hilde Hoogenboom
Associate Professor
Ph.D., Columbia
Research Interests:
Russian literature; women writers; comparative literary studies

Current research: city_folk_and_country_folk_by_sofia_khvoshchinskaya_trans_nora_seligman_favorovA literary historian, Hilde Hoogenboom researches Catherine the Great, nineteenth-century Russian women novelists, and noble culture. Her introduction to Sofia Khvoshchinskaia’s City Folk and Country Folk (1863) is the first for a dozen translated women’s novels in the Russian Library series at Columbia University Press. Noble Sentiments and the Rise of Russian Novels (2018) examines European book markets and sentimental novels, especially doing one’s duty, in Russian noble service culture. A new project, Noble Rot: Corruption, Civil Society, and Literary Elites in Russia, studies the compromised moral position of writers, women and men, as nobles when addressing corruption from the eighteenth century to the present. Corruption is a major literary theme, yet what Tolstoy called “the world of bribery” is barely examined. This historic outrage, the demonstrations by brave young people today, and the writers Boris Akunin’s and Ludmila Ulitskaia’s cultural legitimization of Alexei Navalny’s and Mikhail Khodorkovsky’s fight against corruption and for civil society, all show that Russians have never normalized corruption. Central to this study are the understudied exposés that the noble writer Alexander Herzen published in his London newspaper The Bell (1857-67), which was smuggled into Russia and read by Alexander II and elites. Most writers, their characters, and their readers were noble government servitors. This longstanding dual role of literary elites upends critiques of Russia’s historically minimal civil society, weakened by corruption. The post-communist notion of civil society as grassroots democracy ignores the eighteenth-century ideal that elites served the greater good, which still inspires writers today.

David Kader
Emeritus Professor
LL.M., University of London; J.D., University of Washington
Research Interests:
Religion and the Constitution
Tamarra Kaida
Tamarra Kaida
Emeritus Professor
M.F.A. State University of New York, Buffalo
Research Interests:
Russian Art Photography
Jennifer Keahey
Assistant Professor
Ph.D., Colorado State University
Research Interests:
Sustainable development in post-authoritarian contexts, with particular focus on fair trade, organic, and local food systems in Africa and Eastern Europe.
Agnes Kefeli Clay
Principal Lecturer
Ph.D., Arizona State University
Research Interests:
Islam in Russia and Central Asia
Ekaterina Khaustova
Research Advancement Administrator
PhD, Russian State Social University (Moscow)
Research Interests:
Economic history and economic development of the Russian Empire with a focus on Russian wages and living standards and Russian and early Soviet Industrialization.
Orde Kittrie
J.D., University of Michigan
Research Interests:
Public International Law, International Economic and Business Law, International Negotiations, Nuclear Non-Proliferation
Ann Hibner Koblitz
Emeritus Professor
Ph.D., Boston University
Research Interests:
Russian Women, Women and Science
Neveser Koker
Barrett Honors College
Honors Faculty Fellow
Ph.D., University of Michigan
Research Interests:
Citizenship, inclusion and exclusion, politics of belonging, imperialism and colonialism, cosmopolitanism, transnational feminism(s), feminist political theory, 18th and 19th century political thought, comparative political theory