Seth Graham

Senior Lecturer, University College London

PhD, University of Pittsburgh, Slavic Languages & Literatures and Cultural Studies, 2003

MA, University of Texas at Austin, Slavic Languages & Literatures, 1994

BA, University of Texas at Austin, 1990


Andrew W. Mellon Post-Doctoral Humanities Fellowship, Stanford University, 2004-2006

Nominee, James D. Clowes Award for Advancing Learning Communities, University of Washington, 2004

University of Pittsburgh Cultural Studies Fellowship, 2000-2001

Andrew W. Mellon Pre-Doctoral Fellowship, University of Pittsburgh, 1997-98 and 1999-2000

Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad Grant, Moscow, 1998-99

Courses Taught

Ire, Irony, Ideology: Humour and Satire in Russian Culture (UCL)

Gender and Sexuality in Modern Russian Culture (UCL)

Contemporary Cultural Studies: Between Post-Communism and Post-Modernism (UCL, co-taught)

Russian Cinema: Innovation and Experiment (UCL)

Russian Literature from the Death of Stalin to the Present: Experiment and Emigration (UCL)

“Models of Male Kinship in Perestroika Cinema.” Cinepaternity: Fathers and Sons in Soviet and Post-Soviet Film. Ed. Helena Goscilo and Yana Hashamova. Indiana UP, 2010. 70-86.


Resonant Dissonance: The Russian Joke in Cultural Context. Northwestern UP, 2009.

Co-edited with Olga Mesropova. Uncensored? Reinventing Humor and Satire in Post-Soviet Russia.. Columbus, OH: Slavica, 2008.

Edited. Necrorealism: Contexts, History, Interpretations. Pittsburgh Russian Film Symposium, 2001.

“Contemporary Tajik Cinema in Context: On Jamshed Usmonov.” Central Asian Cinemas: The Complete Companion. I.B. Tauris, 2013.

Research Interests

Film genres in post-Soviet Russian film

Soviet film comedies of the 1950s and 1960s

Humor theory

Cultural studies

Representative Conference Presentations

“Starost’ i radost’: The Geriatric Protagonist in Post-Soviet Cinema.” British Association for Slavonic and East European Studies (BASEES) Conference. Cambridge. April 2007.

“The Power of the Yurt: Cinema, Metaphor, and Orientalism.” American Association for the Advancement of Slavic Studies (AAASS) National Convention. Salt Lake City, UT. Nov. 2005.

“Second Cinema? The Legacies of Soviet Film in Central Asia Since 1991.” Modes of Contemporary Central Asian Culture. Conference. UC Berkeley. Sep. 24, 2005.

“Is the Central-Asian Screen Postcolonial?” AATSEEL Annual Meeting. San Diego. Dec. 2003.

“Reflexive Ethnic Satire in the Russo-Soviet Anekdot.” Through the Looking-Glass of Russian Culture: Self-Reflection in Russian Literature, History, Arts and Media. International Conference. University of Oxford, UK. Feb. 7, 2003.

Employment Since Graduation

School of Slavonic and East European Studies, University College London, Lecturer, Sep. 2006-Sep. 2013; Senior Lecturer [equivalent to Associate Professor], Oct. 2013 –present.

Humanities Fellow and Lecturer, Slavic Dept., Stanford University, Sep. 2004-Aug. 2006

Lecturer and Coordinator of first- and second-year Russian, Slavic Dept., University of Washington, Seattle, 2003-2004

Dissertation Title and Year

A Cultural Analysis of the Russo-Soviet Anekdot, 2003