Graduate Program: Slavic Dept. (U. of Pittsburgh)

Deadline for application: January 15, 2018

The University of Pittsburgh Slavic Department invites applications to its graduate program, which provides a full range of courses, with particular strengths in the study of contemporary Russian culture, Russian/Soviet cinema, and Russian literature.  Their program has supported dissertations in such diverse areas as contemporary Russian prose, Soviet postmodern culture, Thaw cinema, 1930s-40s Soviet civic poetry, prison culture of the Belomor Canal, post-Soviet philosophy, the Soviet anekdot, and Stagnation-era television serials.  Financial aid (both non-teaching fellowships and teaching assistantships) is available to qualified applicants. Applications will be accepted until Monday, 15 January 2018 and must be submitted electronically.  For more information, see online.

PhD students help organize the annual Russian Film Symposium and edit the refereed journal Studies in Slavic Cultures.  Alongside primary study towards the degree, students typically are mentored in obtaining MA or PhD certificates in one or more of five interdepartmental programs:

By PhD conferral, students will have teaching experience in culture, cinema, language, and literature courses (team-taught and stand-alone formats).  PhD recipients have received academic job offers or post-doctoral fellowships in such institutions as Dartmouth, Johns Hopkins, Princeton, Stanford Humanities Center, University College London, University of Texas Austin, Vanderbilt, and William and Mary.  Other PhD recipients have competed successful for senior academic administrative positions in International Studies, for work in Russian media analysis consulting in the public sector, and for teaching and administrative positions in private secondary education.

Alternative Slavic/Film Studies PhD. Students with a primary interest in Film Studies may apply to Pitt’s Interdisciplinary Film Studies PhD with a concentration in Slavic, thus working towards a single PhD in two disciplines. Application to the Film Studies PhD degree may be made in two ways: a.) as part of the initial application to the University; or b.) as an application (initially) only to the Slavic Department and later (after preparatory coursework) internally for transfer to the Film Studies PhD.  For information, see online.

In case of questions, please write to Keanna Cash, Administrator, at or Prof. Vladimir Padunov, Director of Graduate Studies,