Anastasiya Osipova
Assistant Professor
Russian Program

Office: McKenna 233
Office hours: Tuesday and Thursday, 5-6PM, in person and on Zoom

Anastasiya Osipova is scholar of Soviet and contemporary Russian and Ukrainian cultures, with a focus on materialist aesthetics. Her first book, Survival and Mobilization: The Genre Memory of Soviet Prison Writing explores inter-generational aesthetic influence among political prisoners from 1920s to 2020s. 

In addition to her academic work, she is active as a writer, translator, and publisher of contemporary art and poetry in Russia and Ukraine. In 2013 she co-founded Cicada Press, an imprint committed to publishing formally experimental Eastern European writing.



Russian and Eastern European twentieth and twenty-first-century culture; Soviet theory and materialist aesthetics, their influence on Russian literature of the 1920s-1960s, and their afterlives in contemporary Eastern European political art and culture; Historical Poetics; prison writing; feminism; post-classical anarchism; history of Soviet pedagogical experiments.



“DOXA and the Strategies of Non-Melancholic Confinement” (forthcoming)

“Tactile Communism: Keti Chukhrov’s Post-Soviet Dramatic Works and the Legacy of Soviet Defectology,” Internationale Zeitschrift für Kulturkomparatistik, 10 (2023): 65–82.

“The Urbanites and the New Existentialism” in Oxford Handbook of Soviet Underground Culture, edited by Mark Lipovetsky, Ilja Kukuj, Tomás Glanc, Maria Engeström, and Klavdia Smola. New York: Oxford University Press (2021)

“The Forced Conversion of Varlam Shalamov,” The Los Angeles Review of Books (July 2019).

“The End of The Soviet Baroque: Historical Poetics in Olesha’s Envy and Tynianov’s The Wax Person,” Transcultural Studies: A Journal in Interdisciplinary Research, vol.13, (2017): 2.

“Occupying the Dream Factory. “Zoe Beloff’s A World Redrawn: Eisenstein and Brecht in Hollywood,” The Brooklyn Rail (November 2015).

“Haunted Realism. On Specters of Communism: Contemporary Russian Art,” Texte Zur Kunst (June 2015).

“Difficult Facts: Esfir Shub and the Problem of Realism.” The Brooklyn Rail (September 2011).


Keti Chukhrov, Collected Dramatic Works (forthcoming from Cicada Press).

Leonid Schwab, Everburning Pilot (New York: Cicada Press, 2022).

Lida Yusupova, The Scar We Know (New York: Cicada Press, 2021).

Pavel Arseniev, Reported Speech (New York: Cicada Press, 2018).

Roman Osminkin, Not A Word About Politics! (New York: Cicada Press, 2014).

Circling the Square: Maidan and Cultural Insurgency in Ukraine (New York: Cicada Press, 2014).



Association of Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies

American Association of Teachers of Slavic and East European Languages 

Modern Languages Association



Ph.D., New York University

M.A., New York University

B.A., University of Pennsylvania