We are excited to welcome Professor Pavel Khazanov to the department! He joined the department in Fall 2018.
Pavel Khazanov comes to Rutgers University from the European University Institute, where he was a postdoctoral Max Weber Fellow in History and Civilization. He received his PhD in Comparative Literature at the University of Pennsylvania and holds an MA in Continental Philosophy from the Center for Research in Modern European Philosophy (currently based at Kingston University in London), as well as a BA in English from UCLA. He researches late Soviet and post-Soviet Russian culture, with a focus on the ideology of the Russian intelligentsia between the 1950s and today. He is especially interested in studying the interpretation of concepts like socialism, liberalism and nationalism among Russian elites and their audiences, and how these ideas influenced literature, criticism, film and art of the 20thand the 21stcentury. His book project, A Russia That We Have Lost: The History and Politics of Recalling the Pre-Soviet Past examines how inventive recollections of the pre-Revolutionary past allowed late Soviet intellectual leaders and their followers to define themselves and articulate a political horizon that ended up shaping the post-Soviet era. He also studies the Soviet discourse on humanist subjectivity, with special attention to the Stalin decades and the post-Stalin ‘Thaw.’ His work has been published in The Russian Review, The Pushkin Reviewand elsewhere. In 2019-2020, he will offer several courses on Soviet/Post-Soviet cultural history and literature, as well as Russian émigré literature.