2023 Organizing Committee

Valeria Sobol is Professor of Slavic Languages and Literatures at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. Her research interests include Russian literature and culture of the eighteenth–nineteenth centuries; nineteenth-century Ukrainian Literature; empire and the Gothic; literature and science; race in nineteenth-century Russia. She recently published her second book, Haunted Empire: Gothic and the Russian Imperial Uncanny (Northern Illinois UP, imprint of Cornell UP, 2020). The book explores the connection between the Gothic mode in Russian literature of the period and its imperial context.

Dr. Oleksandra Wallo is Associate Professor of Slavic, German, and Eurasian Studies at the University of Kansas, as well as the Director of Graduate Studies and the Director of the KU Summer Language Institute in Lviv, Ukraine. Her research interests involve twentieth and twenty-first century Ukrainian Women’s Writing; Nationalism Studies; Women’s Studies; Post-Colonial Approaches in Post-Soviet Studies ; Second Language Studies (Slavic Languages Pedagogy, Acquisition of The Ukrainian Case Systems, Processing Instruction).

Dr. Dmitry Tartakovsky is the Managing Editor of Slavic Review.  He has a BS in history from Bradley University, an MA in Russian and Balkan history from Arizona State University, and a PhD in Russian and Balkan history from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. His prior work has included stints as political officer for the Department of State, Balkan analyst for the Department of Defense, and South Slavic specialist for the Slavic Reference Service at the UIUC Library.

Daria Semenova is a Pre-Doc Fellow in the Department of the Slavic Languages and Literatures at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, as well as a teaching assistant in Ukrainian and an editorial assistant at the Slavic Review. Her dissertation illustrates how authors of adventure stories written in Ukrainian, Polish, and Russian in 1920-50s used and adapted the existing clichés of this formulaic genre to suit the ideological needs of the imagined community.  

Olga Makarova is a research specialist with the Slavic Reference Service at the University of Illinois. She has experience in library reference, acquisitions, technical services, and instruction. Olga’s research interests include US-Soviet library relations, women’s studies, and DH.