Graduate Student Awards, Fellowships, and Other Recognitions 2018-2019

June 25, 2019

Congratulations to our students who have won ASEEES Dissertation Research Grants:

Jenya Mironava for research on “Redefining Ornamentalism: Patterns of Time in Remizov, Khlebnikov, and Nabokov”

Julian Pokay for research on “Poetic Friendship and Poetic Circles, the (Self-)Formation of the Poet, and the Role of the Muse in Leningrad Underground Culture of the Early 1960s”

 

The Slavic Department congratulates the Spring 2019 Setchkarev Prize Winners:

Best graduate essay prize  

  1. Raymond De Luca, “Mandel’shtam’s Kino-Poetics: Rhythm, Space, and Gender in “Kinematograf” (1913)”
  2. Emily Kanner, “Blessed Among Women: Religious Syncretism and the Romantic Rape Narrative in Pushkin’s Gavriiliada

 

Best doctoral dissertation prize

  1. Alex Tullock, PhD, 2019. Dissertation title: “Matters of Life and Death: The Living Corpse in Early Soviet Society.”

 

Sloane memorial prize  

  1. Daniel Green, Lecturer at the Faculty of Medieval and Modern Languages at the University of Oxford, PhD November 2018. Dissertation title: “Dressing Russia’s Golden Age: Literary Representations of Clothing in the Era of Nicholas I (1825–1855).”
  2. Philip Redko, Lecturer at the Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures at Harvard University, PhD March 2019. Dissertation title: “Boundary Issues in Three Twentieth-Century Russian Poets (Mandelstam, Aronzon, Shvarts)”

 

V.M. Setchkarev memorial prize  

1. Raymond De Luca

2. Sara Powell

 

 

The Slavic Department congratulates the recipients of Steven Lessing Baehr book awards: Maya Garcia, Emily Kanner, Julian Pokay, Sara Powell, and Geordie Kenyon Sinclair, who all passed their general examinations this year.

 

The Slavic Department congratulates the recipient of this year’s Svetlana Boym Fellowship: Julian Pokay is receiving this year’s award for a research project on the poetry of Joseph Brodsky and Leonid Aronzon.

 

Stephen Lessing Baehr and Irina Mess-Baehr Travel and Research Award in Slavic Studies

The Slavic Department is pleased to announce the establishment of the Stephen Lessing Baehr and Irina Mess-Baehr Travel and Research Award in Slavic Studies. This fellowship was made possible through the generosity of the estate of Irina Mess-Baehr, in memory of her husband, Stephen Lessing Baehr (1945-2000), Professor Emeritus of Russian, and Chair of the Russian Studies Program in the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University.

Professor Baehr, a specialist in early modern Russian literature and culture, studied at Clark University (Economics and Russian, B.A. 1967), Princeton University (Critical Languages Program, 1966-67), and Columbia University (Slavic Languages and Literatures, Ph.D., 1972). He taught at the University of Virginia (1972-78) and was a Mellon Fellow at Harvard (1978-79) before accepting a position at Virginia Tech, where he taught courses in the humanities as well as courses on Russian language, literature, and culture. Editor of The Slavic and East European Journal, he was the author of numerous works on early modern and modern Russian literature and culture, and a major book entitled The Paradise Myth in Eighteenth-Century Russia: Utopian Patterns in Early Secular Russian Literature and Culture. He was the recipient of awards and grants from the Ford Foundation, the Fulbright-Hays Committee, the International Research and Exchanges Board, and the National Endowment for the Humanities. The Virginia (Mu) Chapter of Phi Beta Kappa presented him the Albert E. Sturm Award for Excellence in Faculty Research.

Ashley Morse is the recipient of this year’s Stephen Lessing Baehr and Irina Mess-Baehr Travel and Research Award in Slavic Studies.

 

 

Maya Garcia has received a Fulbright U.S. Student Grant from the Institute of International Education to conduct dissertation research in Russia during AY 2019-20.

 

Roy Ginsberg has received a GSAS Summer Predissertation Fellowship as well as a Center for Jewish Studies Graduate Summer Research and Study Fellowship to attend the Naomi Prawer Kadar International Yiddish Summer Program at Tel Aviv University this summer.

 

Giulia Dossi has received a GSAS Merit/Term-Time fellowship for AY 2019-20 to conduct dissertation research on “Medical and Literary Grotesques in Late Imperial Russia.”

 

Emily Kanner has received a Krupp Foundation Dissertation Research Fellowship, issued by the Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies. Emily will use the fellowship to conduct dissertation research in Russia in AY 2019-20 on “The Magic Lantern in Russian Literature and Culture.”

 

Giulia Dossi, Emily Kanner, Ashley Morse, Julian Pokay, and Jenya Mironava have received Graduate Research Travel Grants from the Davis Center for their summer research.

 

Jenya Mironava and Julian Pokay are the recipients of this year’s departmental Gochman summer research and travel fellowships. 

 

Congratulations to our 2019 PhD recipients:

 

Olga Breininger-Umetayeva, Dissertation title: “By Sword and Word: Literature, Violence, and Religion in the North Caucasus.”

Daniel Green, PhD awarded November, 2018. Dissertation title: “Dressing Russia’s Golden Age: Literary Representations of Clothing in the Era of Nicholas I (1825–1855).”

Philip Redko, Dissertation title: “Boundary Issues in Three Twentieth-Century Russian Poets (Mandelstam, Aronzon, Shvarts)”

Alex Tullock, Dissertation title: “Matters of Life and Death: The Living Corpse in Early Soviet Society.”