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Vitaly Chernetsky

Associate Professor
Director of Graduate Studies
Primary office:
785-864-2359
2140 Wescoe Hall


Professor Chernetsky joined the Slavic Department at KU in Fall 2013.

A native of Odessa, Ukraine, Professor Chernetsky completed his Ph.D. in Comparative Literature and Literary Theory at the University of Pennsylvania. Prior to coming to the University of Kansas, he taught at Columbia University and at Miami University in Ohio. His research interests include Russian literature and culture (film, theatre, visual arts); Ukrainian literature and culture; East and Central European literatures and cultures; Central Asian literatures and cultures; intellectual history of Russia and Ukraine; cultural aspects of globalization; postmodernism/postmodernity; Modernism/modernity; modernist and postmodernist writing worldwide; postcolonial theory and postcolonial writing; identity and community; diasporic cultures; nationalism and ethnicity; literary and cultural theory; cultural studies; film and film theory; feminist theory; gender studies; LGBT studies; and language pedagogy. He is the current president of the American Association for Ukrainian Studies.

The courses he teaches at KU include 20th and 21st century Russian literature and culture, Ukrainian literature and culture, literary theory, Soviet and post-Soviet film, and Russian and East European science fiction.

Click here for a curriculum vitae (pdf).


Mark your calendars and come to hear Marzena Sowa's fascinating story about growing up in communist Poland.
Communism through the eyes of a child. An evening w/ Polish graphic novelist Marzena Sowa & French cartoonist Sylvain Savoia
Meet Polish graphic novelist Marzena Sowa & French illustrator and cartoonist Sylvain Savoia on Monday, April 13th at 7pm in 318 Bailey. Sowa and Savoia are the authors of the autobiographical comic series "Marzi" depicting Sowa's childhood and adolescence in communist Poland in the 1980s. The English translation came out under the title "Marzi. A Memoir: in 2011 by DC/Vertigo. http://www.amazon.com/Marzi-A-memoir-Marzena-Sowa/dp/140122959X KU Slavic Department Professor Svetlana Vassileva-Karagyozova will introduce the author and illustrator, and lead an informal discussion open to anyone interested in East European history, Communism, graphic novels & illustration. This event is sponsored by: KU Department of Slavic Languages & Literatures, Department of French & Italian, European Studies Program, Center for Global & International Studies and Center for Russian, East European & Eurasian Studies.

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Lauded race and class historian becomes KU Foundation Professor David Roediger’s award-winning research and writing has already transformed how historians view the growth of social freedoms in America though the intersection of race, class, ethnicity, and labor. Now Roediger, as KU’s first Foundation Distinguished Professor of History (http://bit.ly/1AbAqYw), will continue to break new ground in those fields as he leads KU’s departments of American Studies and History. Roediger likes to study historical flash points — where one particular change brings a cascade of wider cultural changes. His latest book, “Seizing Freedom, Slave Emancipation and Liberty for All,” makes the point that as slaves began freeing themselves across the South during the Civil War, their emancipation inspired and ignited other cultural movements for freedom — such as the women’s movement for suffrage and the labor movement for better working conditions and an eight-hour day. Understanding the individual stories of average people who wanted to make their lives better, including slaves or factory workers, is important to understanding the wider political movements and elections, Roediger said. “It's tempting to think that all the important political questions have been decided,” he said, “but actually people are constantly thinking about what freedom would mean for them.”


KU’s Center for Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies program is one of only 12 federally-funded national resource centers in the US
Only doctoral program in Slavic Languages and Literatures between the Mississippi and the West Coast
100% of graduate students in the Slavic program had funding in academic year 2012-13
KU's Libraries house over 500,000 volumes of Slavic books and electronic editions
Two of the department’s last four doctoral candidates have won a Fulbright grants to conduct dissertation research abroad