Alice is a Ph.D. candidate at Stanford University in the Department of Comparative Literature, where her take on late-Soviet and contemporary literature also encompasses political science, history, and anthropology. Alice holds an A.B. from Harvard University, where she graduated with a degree in Slavic Literatures and Cultures and a secondary field in Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. Her undergraduate honors thesis, Rights on Parade: The Russian LGBT Community’s March Toward Equality, won awards from both her affiliated departments and has been published in excerpts in the Harvard International Review. In addition to her scholarly writing, Alice blogs about Russia for a wider audience on Russian Life and What’s Up With Russia.

Project Summary

This project explores the interrelations between culture and politics during the late Soviet period and in contemporary Russia. By examining the discourse of nations at opposite poles of the Cold War (Russia, Cuba, and the U.S.) during its final years, it aims to shed light on the dynamics that have evolved to shape those relationships today. Specifically, it focuses on citizenship in three areas: how it was constructed (legal discourses, iconography of leadership), enacted (art, sport, and political participation/dissidence), and tied to government interests (the bright communist future, the sworn enemy across the Iron Curtain)