Slavic Studies faculty and students are actively engaged in scholarly research, and regularly present their work in on-campus forums and at national conferences.
The College's prestigious 2014 Oakes Ames Prize was awarded to Jyoti Jasmine Arvey, a Slavic studies major, for her honors thesis, “Gender in the Everyday Life of the Russian Home.” Based on ethnographic interviews with 20 residents of Ufa, Russia, about their daily practices in the domestic sphere, Arvey’s thesis illuminates the social structures within the post-socialist Russian home in order to achieve a highly nuanced understanding of broader social relations in modern-day Russia. The work was advised by Petko Ivanov, lecturer in Slavic studies. Arvey then won a Fulbright award to return to Russia in 2014-2015.
Andrea Lanoux, Chair of Slavic Studies, and Nathaniel Pope '12, spent much of July 2010 in St. Petersburg conducting research for a co-authored article on illustrations in Russian children’s books. The picture shows Nate hard at work in Russia. Pope received a ConnSSHARP award to accompany Lanoux on a research trip to Russia to assist her in gathering materials for a new book on post-Soviet children's literature.
Slavic studies majors are encouraged to write honors theses or senior independent projects in their senior year.
Susana Hancock's honors thesis, "Gravestone Carvings: A Venerate Medium of the Intellectual and Spiritual Life of Seventeenth-Century New England" (2007), was nominated for the Oakes Ames Prize for the year's best honors thesis.
Katherine Avgerinos '06 published her senior independent project, "From Vixen to Victim: The Sensationalization and Normalization of Prostitution in Post-Soviet Russia," in the SRAS online journal shortly after graduating from Connecticut College