New Faculty Q & A with Maria Hristova
August 14, 2017
2015 Ph.D. – Yale University, Slavic Languages and Literatures
2008 B.A. – Vassar College, French and Russian Studies
Research and Teaching Interests:
Contemporary post-socialist cultures, religion and nationalism, Russian literature, Russian and East-European film, sociolinguistics
What most excites you about joining the L&C community?
The students (the ones I met during my campus visit were really engaging and engaged) and my new colleagues at the World Languages and Literatures Department. Also, the chance to work on such an amazing campus and in such a cool city.
Describe the current trajectory of your scholarly research.
Current project: how cultural producers respond to and use the heightened visibility of religion and the alignment of Church and state interests in contemporary Russia
Next project: Eco narratives in post-Soviet cultures and how they are used to resist or (re)define ethnic, national, and religious identities
What kind of hobbies or special activities do you enjoy outside of work?
Hiking, traveling, reading, folk dancing
What were your childhood goals/aspirations?
Become a writer; alternatively, be a teacher.
What are you listening to in your car right now?
No car! But as far as music goes, my tastes range from classical to pop.
What was your favorite childhood story?
Can’t name just one. I was constantly asking my grandma to read to me Russian and East European fairy tales.