M.A. Central European University, Society and Politics (1997)
Ph.D. University of Pennsylvania, Sociology (2002)
Areas of Expertise
Prof. Shevchenko teaches and does research on the issues of memory, culture and consumption in post-socialist Russia. She is currently working on a collaborative research project entitled Snapshot Histories: Family Photography and Generational Memories of Socialism in Russia, in which she and her colleague Oksana Sarkisova hope to understand how family photo archives at times conceal, and at other times enable certain kinds of conversations about the family, as well as the national, past. Her first book is Crisis and the Everyday in Postsocialist Moscow (Indiana UP, 2009), and a volume on memory and photography she edited, Double Exposure, just came out with Transaction Publishers. Her other research and teaching interests include: ethnographic theater, everyday life, political talk, the lived experience of late socialism and culture of consumption in comparative perspective.
- “Bread and circuses: Shifting frames and changing references in the ordinary Muscovites’ political talk” (PDF), in Communist and Post-Communist Studies 34:1, 2001
- “In case of fire emergency”: Consumption, security, and the meaning of durables in a transforming society” (PDF), Journal of Consumer Culture 2:2, 2002
- “Between the holes: Emerging identities and hybrid patterns of consumption in post-socialist Russia” (PDF), Europe-Asia Studies, v. 54, no.6, September 2002
- “Conflict traditions in Western sociology: Main themes and interpretations of Marx and Weber” (in Russian), in Yu. Davydov, ed., The New and the Old in Theoretical Sociology (Moscow: ISRAN), 2003
- “From socialist camp to a global village? Globalization and the imaginary landscapes of postsocialism” (with Y. Schukin), in L. McCann, ed., Russian Transformations: Challenging the Global Narrative (London: Routledge), 2004
- “The politics of nostalgia: A case for comparative analysis of postsocialist practices” (PDF) (with Nadkarni, M.), Ab Imperio: Theory and History of Nationalities and Nationalism in the Post-Soviet Realm, vol. 2, 2004.
- “‘Wiggle your wits”: Social restructuring and the transformation of entertainment genres in Russia.”Social Identities 13 (5), 2007.
- “’Nationals’” and “’expatriates’”: Challenges of fulfilling ‘sans frontières’ (“without borders”) ideals in international humanitarian action.” (Link is to full-text PDF.) Health & Human Rights 10 (1), 2008. Co-authored with Renée C. Fox.
- “Soviet past in amateur photography: The work of memory and oblivion” (in Russian, with Sarkisova, O.) (PDF) Otechestvennye Zapiski, no 4 (43), 2008.
- Crisis and the Everyday in Postsocialist Moscow (Indiana U. Press, 2009). Winner of a prize from the Association for Women in Slavic Studies; also winner of the 2010 Davis Center Book Prize in Political and Social Studies.
- “ ‘They came, shot everyone, and that’s the end of it:’ Local memory, amateur photography and the legacy of state violence in Novocherkassk” (with O. Sarkisova). Slavonica, vol. 17, no. 2, 2011.
- “Socialism“, Encyclopedia of Globalization (ed. George Ritzer). Wiley-Blackwell, 2012.
- “Reaching Out to the Homeless and Street Children of Moscow” and “Confronting TB in Siberian Prisons” (both with R.C. Fox), in Fox, Renee C., Doctors Without Borders: Humanitarian Quests, Impossible Dreams of Médecins Sans Frontières. Johns Hopkins University Press, 2014.
- Double Exposure: Memory and Photography (Transaction Publishers, 2014).
- “The politics of nostalgia in the aftermath of socialism’s collapse: A case for comparative analysis” (with M. Nadkarni), in O. Ange and D. Berliner, eds., Anthropology and Nostalgia. Berghahn Books, 2015.
- “Resisting Resistance: Everyday life, practical competence and neoliberal rhetoric in postsocialist Russia” in Everyday Life in Russia: Past and Present (eds. Choi Chatterjee, David L. Ransel, Mary Cavender, and Karen Petrone). Indiana University Press, 2015.