Jillian Porter holds an M.A. and a Ph.D. in Slavic Languages and Literatures from the University of California, Berkeley, and a B.A. in Liberal Arts from Sarah Lawrence College. Her research explores intersections between Russian economic history and cultural production from the late 18th century to the present. At CU, she teaches courses on 19th-century Russian literature and Russian/Soviet cinema.
Porter’s first book, Economies of Feeling: Russian Literature under Nicholas I (Northwestern UP, 2017), offers new explanations for the fantastical plots of mad or blocked ambition that helped set the 19th-century Russian prose tradition in motion. It compares the conceptual history of social ambition in post-Napoleonic France and post-Decembrist Russia and argues that the dissonance between foreign and domestic understandings of this economic passion shaped the literature of Nicholas I’s reign (1825–1855). Porter was awarded a Spring 2015 Visiting Fellowship at Arizona State University’s Institute for Humanities Research in support of this project, and an article drawn from it has appeared in the Slavic and East European Journal.
Porter is currently at work on a second book, entitled The Art of the Queue: Bodies in Wait from the Revolution to the Post-Soviet Era. This book explores standing in line as a paradigmatic experience of Soviet everyday life and a generator of aesthetic forms. Porter was awarded a 2015-16 Postdoctoral Fellowship at Harvard University’s Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies in support of the project, and she was interviewed about it on the Davis Center's podcast, “The Eurasian Enigma.” An article drawn from the manuscript appeared in a Fall 2017 cluster on Soviet queue culture in the Slavic and East European Journal.
Porter is also presently conducting research on the rise of the women’s emancipation movement and the emerging science of energy in late nineteenth-century Russia.
Before coming to the University of Colorado, Porter was Assistant Professor of Russian and Affiliate Faculty in Film and Media Studies at the University of Oklahoma. As a Colorado native whose family roots on the Front Range reach back to the 1860s, Porter is thrilled to be on the faculty at CU and to contribute to public education in her home state.
Economies of Feeling: Russian Literature under Nicholas I (Northwestern University Press, 2017).
“Commemorative Queues: Bread, Lenin, ‘Requiem’.” The Slavic and East European Journal 61.3 (Fall 2017): 495-518.
“100 Years of the Queue.” Introduction to a thematic cluster on Soviet queue culture. The Slavic and East European Journal 61.3 (Fall 2017): 490-94.
“Alien Commodities: Aelita, Solaris, and Kin-dza-dza!” In Simultaneous Worlds: Global Science Fiction Cinema. Jennifer L. Feeley and Sarah Ann Wells, eds. Minneapolis: University of Minnestoa Press, 2015. 243-56.
“The Double, the Ruble, the Real: Counterfeit Money in Dostoevsky's Dvoinik,” The Slavic and East European Journal 58.3 (Fall 2014): 378-93.
“The Eurasian Enigma: Standing in Line with Jillian Porter.” Released July 1, 2016. http://daviscenter.fas.harvard.edu/news/eurasian-enigma-standing-line-jillian-porter