Professor of Sociology
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 237Making Things Visible: Adventures in Documentary Work (not offered 2021/22)
SOC 248 T / GBST 247 / RUSS 248Altering States: Post-Soviet Paradoxes of Identity and Difference (not offered 2021/22)
SOC 315Culture, Consumption and Modernity (not offered 2021/22)
SOC 317 TThe Public and the Private (not offered 2021/22)
SOC 324Memory and Identity (not offered 2021/22)
- “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
- “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.
- ‘The mirror with a memory’: Placing photography in memory studies, in Trever Hagen, Annalisa Tota (eds.). Routledge Handbook of Memory Studies. London: Routledge, 2015.
- Awful Crisis Superstar: Disasters and Routinization, in Etnografia e Ricerca Qualitativa, no. 2(2015)
- Photographs and Their Many Lives. Slavic Review 76:1 (2017).
- Remembering Life in the Soviet Union, One Family Photo at a Time. The New York Times, December 27, 2017.
- Putting the public into the public goods: Space wars in a post-Soviet dacha community, in John Bailyn, Dijana Jelaca, and Danijela Lugaric (eds.) The Futures of (Post)Socialism. SUNY Press, 2018.
- Soviet Heroes and Jewish Victims: One Family’s Memories of WWII (with Oksana Sarkisova), in Silke Arnold-de Simine and Joanne Leal (eds.) Picturing the Family: Media, Narrative, Memory. Bloomsbury, 2018.
- The Album as Performance: Notes on the Limits of the Visible (with Oksana Sarkisova), in Julie Buckler, Julie Cassiday, and Boris Wolfson (eds.) Russian Performances and Their Intellectual Genealogies. University of Wisconsin Press, 2018.