Olga Shevchenko

Professor of Sociology
email
413-597-4767
Hollander Hall Rm 315
At Williams since 2003

Education

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. 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.

Scholarship/Creative Work

Current Committees

  • Honor and Discipline Committee, Chair