Faculty News: Publications and Awards for REEEC Affiliates

The coming of spring brought many fine achievements for the REEEC affiliated faculty. Our faculty has represented exemplary accomplishments across the board from publication to awards. April’s featured faculty are Professor of Law Peter Maggs, Professor of Slavic Literatures and Languages Valeria Sobol, Professor of Slavic Languages and Literatures and editor of Slavic Review Harriet Murav, Professor of History John Randolph, Professor of History Maria Todorova and Professor of English Catherine Prendergast.

Professor Peter Maggs

Professor Peter Maggs

Professor Peter Maggs recently published Law and Legal System of the Russian Federation, 6th Ed. (Huntington, N.Y.: Juris Publishing, 2015) along with his co-authors Olga Schwartz and William Burnham. Maggs also performed public service as a volunteer judge of student presentations in the annual VIS East International Arbitration Moot competition, in Hong Kong, in the month of March of 2015. Finally, also in March, Maggs made a public appearance to testify as an expert on Russian law in the Commercial Court of the Queen’s Bench Division of the High Court of Justice in England.

Valeria Sobol | Photo by L. Brian Stauffer

Valeria Sobol | Photo by L. Brian Stauffer

Professor Valeria Sobol was awarded an NEH fellowship for 2015-16 for the book project “Visions of Empire in Russian Gothic Literature, 1790-1850.” In her interview by ASEEES, Sobol described her current research project which won her the NEH fellowship:

“I am working on a book tentatively titled Haunted Empire: The Russian Literary Gothic and the Imperial Uncanny, which examines Russian-language Gothic literature in its imperial context. Arguing against the prevailing view of the Russian Gothic as an imitation of the popular Western literary trend, I reestablish this body of literature as a key genre that dramatizes uniquely Russian imperial anxieties and concerns (e.g., Russia’s fluid boundaries, cultural dependence on the West, and the clash between imperial and national identities) and offers a powerful critique of empire. I have been fortunate to receive a number of grants for this project, including the NEH summer stipend and 12-month fellowship.” To read Sobol’s entire interview, please follow this link: http://aseees.org/membership/valeria-sobol.


Professor Harriet Murav

Professor Harriet Murav and Sasha Senderovich of the University of Colorado at Boulder have recently published the first chapter of their translation of David Bergelson’s 1929 STRICT JUSTICE. This chapter was published on the website http://www.yiddishbookcenter.org/pakn-treger. Murav also received a CAS fellowship for 2015-2016 to work on her book project entitled, A Strange New World: Untimeliness, Futurity, and David Bergelson.

Professors John Randolph and Maria Todorova won Illinois Program for Research in the Humanities (IPRH) fellowships for 2015-2016. Randolph’s winning project is entitled, “When I served the Post as a Coachman: Empire and Enlightenment in Russia’s Eighteenth Century” and Todorova’s winning project is entitled, “Life in the Times of Utopia: The Lost World of Early Socialists at Europe’s Margins.” Professor Todorova will also be the chair of the second session of the Center for Advanced Study Spring Symposium, Monday, April 20. Professor Catherine Prendergast will also be featured at the CAS Symposium as a presenter in the fourth session, Tuesday, April 21. Her presentation is entitled “Writer, Painter, Banker, Thief: The American Arts Colony in the Public Account.”


Professor Maria Todorova

Professor Catherine Prendergast

Professor Catherine Prendergast


Congratulations to all of the REEEC affiliates on their wonderful achievements!

Bethany Wages is a graduate student in Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Her focus of study is History, and she is currently researching student movements, political violence, and the intelligentsia of late 19th century Russia. She received her B.A. in Honors/History and English Literature in 2014 at Wright State University. 

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