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Lilya Kaganovsky

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Contact Information

3038 Foreign Languages Building
707 S Mathews Ave
M/C 160
Urbana, IL 61801

Research Areas


Lilya Kaganovsky is the Richard and Margaret Romano Professor of Slavic, Comparative Literature, and Media & Cinema Studies, at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. Kaganovsky received her B.A. in Literature from U.C. Santa Cruz in 1992, with a specialization in English, American, and Russian Literature. She received her M.A. in Slavic Languages and Literatures from Columbia University in 1994; and her Ph.D. in Comparative Literature with an Emphasis in Film Studies from U.C. Berkeley in 2000. She has been at the University of Illinois since 2001, where she is affiliated with the Unit for Criticism & Interpretive Theory, the College of Media, the Department of Gender and Women's Studies, and the Program in Jewish Culture and Society, and the Initiative in Holocaust, Genocide, and Memory Studies. 

Research Interests

Soviet and post-Soviet literature and film; film and critical theory; gender studies; women's cinema; sound studies


Ph.D., University of California Berkley, 2000

Awards and Honors

2019 Richard and Margaret Romano Professorial Scholar, University of Illinois

2019 Center for Advanced Study Associate, University of Illinois

2017 Campus Distinguished Promotion Award, University of Illinois

2016 (Fall) Visiting Fellow at University College, University of Oxford, UK

2013 College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Centennial Scholar, University of Illinois

2012 Senior Research Fellow, Unit for Criticism & Theory, University of Illinois

2011 (Fall) Visiting Fellow at Trinity College, University of Cambridge, UK

2011-2012 American Council of Learned Societies/Social Science Research Council/National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship

2007-2008 Center for Advanced Study Fellow, University of Illinois

2004-2005 Mellon Faculty Fellowship, University of Illinois

Courses Taught

Russian and Soviet Film; Russian Literature and Culture (20C-21C); Film Theory and Historiography; Modern Critical Theory; Gender Studies; Comparative Literature

Additional Campus Affiliations

Professor, Program in Comparative and World Literature
Professor, Slavic Languages and Literatures
Professor, Unit for Criticism and Interpretive Theory
Professor, Program in Jewish Culture and Society
Professor, Gender and Women's Studies
Professor, Media and Cinema Studies

Highlighted Publications

Kaganovsky, L. (2008). How the Soviet Man Was Unmade: Cultural Fantasy and Male Subjectivity under Stalin. (Pitt Series in Russian and East European Studies). University of Pittsburgh Press.

Kaganovsky, L., MacKenzie, S., & Stenport, A. W. (Eds.) (2019). Arctic Cinemas and the Documentary Ethos. Indiana University Press.

Kaganovsky, L., & Salazkina, M. (Eds.) (2014). Sound, Speech, Music in Soviet and Post-Soviet Cinema. Indiana University Press.

Goodlad, L. M. E., Kaganovsky, L., & Rushing, R. A. (Eds.) (2013). Mad Men, Mad World: Sex, Politics, Style, and the 1960s. Duke University Press.

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Recent Publications

Kaganovsky, L. (2020). Review of Maria Belodubrovskaya's Not According to Plan: Filmmaking Under Stalin. Soviet and Post Soviet Review, 47(2), 232-234.

Kaganovsky, L., MacKenzie, S., & Stenport, A. W. (Eds.) (2019). Arctic Cinemas and the Documentary Ethos. Indiana University Press.

Kaganovsky, L., Mackenzie, S., & Stenport, A. W. (2019). Introduction: The Documentary Ethos and the Arctic. In L. Kaganovsky, S. MacKenzie, & A. W. Stenport (Eds.), Arctic Cinemas and the Documentary Ethos (pp. 1-28). Indiana University Press.

Kaganovsky, L. (2019). Review of Armando Iannucci, dir., The Death of Stalin. Slavic Review, 78(1), 210-213.

Kaganovsky, L. (2019). Review of Luka Arsenjuk's Movement, Action, Image, Montage: Sergei Eisenstein and the Cinema in Crisis. Russian Review, 78(3), 507-509.

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