Olga Shevchenko

Professor of Sociology
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, 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, 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.


Note: courses in gray are not offered this academic year.

SOC 219

Images and Society

ENGL 237 / AMST 236 / SOC 236 / ARTH 237(S)

Making Things Visible: Adventures in Documentary Work

SOC 248 T / GBST 247 / RUSS 248(S)

Altering States: Post-Soviet Paradoxes of Identity and Difference

ANSO 305(F)

Social Theory

SOC 315(F)

Culture, Consumption and Modernity

SOC 317 T

The Public and the Private

SOC 324

Memory and Identity

Scholarship/Creative Work

Current Committees

  • Honor and Discipline Committee