Theodora Trimble

PhD, University of Pittsburgh, 2017

MA, Russian, East European, & Eurasian Studies, University of Michigan, 2011

Dual BA, Russian Studies (Russian language), Slavic and East European Studies, West Virginia University, 2009


Lillian B. Lawler Pre-Doctoral Fellowship (2016-17)

Center for Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies Research Grant (2015)

Working Group on Cinema and Television Travel Grant (2015)

Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellowship (2014-15, 2015-16)

Fulbright-Hays: Russian Teachers for the 21st Century (2014)

Courses Taught

First-year Russian

Vampire: Blood and Empire

Sci-Fi: East/West

Man and Superman: Superior Individual in Literature and Philosophy

Masterpieces of 20th Century Russian Literature


Review of Mark Lipovetsky, Charms of the Cynical Reason: Tricksters in Soviet and Post- Soviet Culture. Slavic and East European Journal Vol. 56, No. 2 (Summer 2012).

Review of Rezo Gigineishvili, Alisa Khmel'nitskaia, dir. Without Men [Bez muzhchin, 2011]. Kinokultura 36 (April 2012).

Review of Sergei Kal'varskii, dir. Martsefal', 2012. KinoKultura 40 (April 2013).

Entry for Konstantin Ershov, Georgii Kropachiov, dir. Vii, 1967. Directory of World Cinema: Russia 2. Ed. Birgit Beumers, Bristol: Intellect, 2013, 159-160.

Entry for Aleksandr Strizhenkov, dir. Liubov'-Morkov' (trilogy), 2007-2011. Directory of World Cinema: Russia 2. Ed. Birgit Beumers, 202-204.

Research Interests

Russian popular culture

Soviet comedy film

Celebrity and stardom

Contemporary Russian cinema

Russian culture in America

Representative Conference Presentations

“Russian Television and Sex and the City On Screen.” Television in Europe Beyond the Iron Curtain. Friedrich-Alexander-Universitet, Erlangen, Germany. December 2013.

“Thaw Cinema and the Typecast Star: Aleksandr Dem'ianenko as Shurik.” ASEEES, Boston, MA. November 2013.

“Representations of Blood in The Vampire Diaries.” Blood Conference, Department of French and Italian, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA. October 2012.

“Shattering Sexual Convention and Rules of Romance in Ugrešić’s Novels: “Bad Girl” Meets Bichette.” Midwest Slavic Conference, Columbus, OH. April 2012.

Employment Since Graduation

Administrative Officer, Department of Defense Education Activity

Dissertation Title and Year

The Celebrification of Soviet Culture: State Heroes after Stalin, 2017