Graduate Student


Trevor Wilson

Dual BA: Russian & French, University of Pittsburgh, 2012

Office: 1228 Cathedral of Learning

Trevor is a specialist in early twentieth century Russian philosophy, particular within the émigré communities in interwar Paris and Berlin. He is writing his dissertation on the French-Russian philosopher Alexandre Kojève and his connection to the history of Russian Hegelianism. He regularly works with various Russian diaspora archives in Paris, sponsored by several university dissertation research grants. Other research interests include Russian modernism in a global context, debates and exchanges between Western and Soviet Marxism, and theories of sexuality in command and post-command economies. For the 2017-2018 academic year, Trevor will conduct research at the Higher School of Economics in Moscow on a Fulbright research grant.


Fulbright Research Grant, Higher School of Economics, Moscow (2017-2018)

Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst (DAAD), Intensive German Language Training (summer 2017)

Andrew Mellon Predoctoral Fellowship, U of Pittsburgh (2016-2017)

Nationality Room Scholarship, Stanley Prostrednik Memorial, U of Pittsburgh (summer 2015)

International Studies Fund, Dissertation Research Grant, U of Pittsburgh (summer 2015)

Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowship, Russian. University of Pittsburgh, 2013-14.

Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowship, Russian. University of Pittsburgh, 2012-2013.


“Nothing but Mammals: Post-Soviet Sexuality after the End of History.” In The Human Reimagined: Posthumanism in Late Soviet and Post-Soviet Russia, eds. Colleen McQuillen and Julia Vaingurt. Brighton, MA: Academic Studies Press. In press.

Review of Antoine Arjakovsky, The Way: Religious Thinkers of the Russian Immigration in Paris and Their Journal, 1925-1940, trans. Jerry Ryan. Slavic and Eastern European Journal 58.4, Winter 2015.

Research Interests

Russian philosophy

Russian émigré culture


Sexuality and Marxism

Representative Conference Presentations

"Queer Callings: Sexual Anxiety in Nikolai Gogol's "Marriage" and the Homosocial Empire," Brown University Graduate Student Conference, April 2012

“The Poetic Is/And The Political: Reading Osip Mandelʹshtam Post-May ʹ68.” U of Pennsylvania Conference: “Russia, in Theory,” Philadelphia, April 2014.

“On the Origin of Homo Sovieticus: Collectivization on Film and the Idea of the Soviet Human-Animal.” ASEEES, San Antonio, November 2014.

“The Orthodox and the Orgasm: Nikolai Berdiaev and Psychoanalysis.” ASEEES, Philadelphia, November 2015.

“Is Orthodoxy pre-Oedipal?: Contact and Crises Between Freud and Modern Russian Orthodox Thought.” MLA Roundtable Panel: “Fort/da: Contested Legacies of Psychoanalysis in Russia,” Austin, January 2016.