Alyssa DeBlasio

Associate Professor, Dickinson College

PhD (with honors), Russian Literature, University of Pittsburgh, 2010

MA, Slavic Languages and Literatures, University of Pittsburgh, 2006

BA, Philosophy and Russian Area Studies, Villanova University, 2003


US Dept. of State Russia-US Peer-to-Peer Dialogue Grant, 2014-2015

American Council of Learned Societies Fellowship, 2014-2015

American Philosophical Society, Franklin Grant, 2014-2015

Yegor Gaidar Jr. Fellow of the Center for Russian Studies at the Presidential Academy of the National Economy (Moscow), Summer 2012 and Summer 2013

National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Stipend, 2012

Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad Fellowship, Jan.-July 2009

Courses Taught

Russian language of all levels

19th and 20th century literature

Russian and Soviet film; translation

Philosophy and Literature


“Voprosy filosofii in the Context of 1990s-era Russian Philosophical Journals,” Vestnik SPBGU 33.4 (winter 2017): 436-445.

“New Russian Features at the 38th Moscow International Film Festival 2016,” KinoKultura 53 (July 2016).

The End of Russian Philosophy: Tradition and Transition at the Turn of the 21st Century (Palgrave Macmillan, December 2014).

“Anna in Almaty: Darezhan Omirbaev’s Shuga.” Tolstoy on Screen. Ed. Lorna Fitzsimmons (Northwestern UP, 2014).

“‘Nothing in Life But Death’: Aleksandr Zel’dovich’s Target in Conversation with Tolstoy’s Philosophy on the Value of Death,” Russian Review (July 2014).

“Writing the History of Russian Philosophy.” Studies in East European Thought 63.3 (2011): 203-26

“Neobkhodimost' nauchnogo analiza sovetskoi filosofii,” Russkii zhurnal (14.10.2010).

“The New-Year Film as a Genre of Post-War Russian Cinema.” Studies in Russian and Soviet Cinema 2.1 (January 2008): 43-61.

“Choreographing Space, Time, and Dikovinki in the Films of Evgenii Bauer.” The Russian Review (October 2007): 671-92.

Research Interests

Contemporary Russian philosophy

Recent Russian cinema

Intersections of philosophy, film, and literature

Representative Conference Presentations

“Mamardashvili and the History of Philosophy,” Writing a University History of Soviet Philosophy (University of Padova, Italy), Oct. 2016.

“Soviet Philosophy on the Russian Screen,” ASEEES (New Orleans, LA), Nov. 2012.

“Philosophical Rhetoric and Istoriia russkoi filosofii.” Princeton U. “Sots-Speaks: Regimes of Language under Socialism” (Princeton, NJ), May 2011.

“‘Deception, Hedonism, and Ideological Clanking’: Writing the History of Russian Philosophy.”

“The Construction of a New Russian Philosophical Paradigm: From the Literary to the Anthropological.” AATSEEL (Philadelphia, PA), Dec. 2009.

“Slovak Cinema Since 1989.” AAASS (Boston, MA), Nov. 2009.

“Academic Citizenship and the Legacy of Marxism in Post-Soviet Russia,” Citizenship in the 21st Century: An International Colloquium (U of Pittsburgh), March 2008.

Employment Since Graduation

Associate Professor of Russian, Dickinson College, 2016 - present

Assistant Professor of Russian, Dickinson College, 2010 – 2016

Dissertation Title and Year

Between Philosophies: The Emergence of a New Intellectual Paradigm in Russia, 2010