Olga Shevchenko

Photo of Olga Shevchenko

Paul H. Hunn `55 Professor in Social Studies

Hollander Hall Rm 315
At Williams since 2003


B.A. Moscow State University (1996)
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, photography, 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 the production of knowledge and affect about the family, as well as the national, past. A brief outline of this project, alongside with some images, can be found in the essay they wrote for the New York Times. Shevchenko’s first book is Crisis and the Everyday in Postsocialist Moscow (Indiana UP, 2009). A volume on memory and photography she edited, Double Exposure, came out with Transaction Publishers in 2014. 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.


SOC 236 / AMST 236 / ARTH 237 / ENGL 237 SEM

Making Things Visible: Adventures in Documentary Work (not offered 2022/23)


Culture, Consumption and Modernity (not offered 2022/23)


The Public and the Private (not offered 2022/23)


Memory and Identity (not offered 2022/23)

Scholarship/Creative Work