Julie Draskoczy


PhD, University of Pittsburgh, Slavic Languages and Literatures, 2010

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

BA, New York University, Comparative Literature and Russian and Slavic Studies, 2002


Andrew W. Mellon Fellowship of Scholars in the Humanities, Stanford University, 2010-2012

Fulbright-Hays Scholarship for Russian Language Teachers Program (ACTR), 2010

Andrew W. Mellon Fellowship, 2009-2010

Nationality Rooms Scholarship for Study in Russia, Summer 2008

Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellowship, 2006-2007

Courses Taught

Incarceration as Inspiration: Russian and American Prison Narratives, Stanford University

Modern European History: The Soviet Experience, Prison University Project, San Quentin prison

Utopian Visions, Dystopian Dreams: Russian Literature and Culture from 1917-1953, Stanford University

Masterpieces of 20th c. Russian Literature, University of Pittsburgh

Early Russian Culture, University of Pittsburgh


Imagining the Russian Nation: The Story of Antisemitism in Soviet Samizdat." Underground Publishing and the Public Sphere: Transnational Perspectives. Berlin: Lit Verlag, 2014.

Monograph: Belomor: Criminality and Creativity in Stalin's Gulag Academic Studies Press, 2013.

“The Put’ of Perekovka: Transforming lives at Stalin’s White Sea-Baltic Canal,” The Russian Review, January 2012.

Translation, “Chronicle of Current Events,” introductory article for MEMORIAL website, March 2011.

Review of Another Sky. Dir. Dmitrii Mamuliia. In online journal Kinokultura, Issue 30 (2010).

Editorial Assistant, The YIVO Encyclopedia of Jews in Eastern Europe, New Haven: Yale UP, 2008.

Research Interests


20th c. Russian Literature

Film Studies (Documentary Film, Film Noir)

Theories of Subjectivity (Criminal Culture, Jewish Studies)

Material Culture (Gulag History, Art as Propaganda)

Representative Conference Presentations

Nov. 2010: Roundtable: “Cultural Mobility in the Russian Imperial, Soviet, and Post-Soviet Contexts,” ASEEES National Conference, Los Angeles, CA

Nov. 2010: Paper: “The ‘Factory of Life’: Criminal Autobiographies from Stalin’s White Sea-Baltic Canal,” ASEEES National Conference, Los Angeles, CA

Oct. 2010: Paper: “The Put of Perekova: Transforming Lives at Stalin’s White-Sea Baltic Canal,” The Gulag in History and Memory Young Researchers Conference, Havighurst Center, Miami University in Ohio, Oxford, OH

Dec. 2009: Paper: “Charting Unmapped Territory: Tourist Guides from the Belomorkanal,” AATSEEL National Conference, Philadelphia, PA

Employment Since Graduation

Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow, Stanford University

Humanities Department Chair, Jewish Community High School of the Bay

Dissertation Title and Year

A Body of Work: Building Self and Society at Stalin’s White Sea-Baltic Canal, 2010