Yuliya V. Ladygina

Yuliya V. Ladygina

Assistant Professor of Russian and Global Studies

242 Burrowes Building


  1. Ph.D. University of California, San Diego || Comparative Literature, 2013
  2. M.A. T. H. Shevchenko National University in Kyiv, Ukraine || German Philology, 2001
  3. B. A. T. H. Shevchenko National University in Kyiv, Ukraine || German Philology, 2000


Yuliya V. Ladygina specializes in 19th- and 20th-century Eastern European literatures and cultures, with research interests in 19th-century Russian and Ukrainian literature, 19th-century German and Russian intellectual history, nationalism in Eastern Europe, interwar literature, Soviet and post-Soviet cinema, and the state-sponsored informational warfare in contemporary Russia and Ukraine. Her book, Bridging East and West: Ol’ha Kobylians’ka, Ukraine’s Pioneering Modernist (University of Toronto Press, 2019), stands out among many published articles, reviews, conference presentations, and translations of Ukrainian literature into English. Currently, Ladygina is working on a book project, War on Reels: Cinematic Response to the Ukraine Crisis, which examines the legacy of Soviet and Hollywood war films, as well as the influence of contemporary media practices in (mis)representing war, terror, and terrorism, in cinematic representations of the ongoing Russo-Ukrainian conflictBefore joining Penn State, Ladygina was a Research Fellow at the Harvard Ukrainian Research Institute, a Visiting Assistant Professor of Russian at Williams College, and a Teaching Assistant Professor of Russian and Humanities at The University of the South (Sewanee), where she taught courses on Russian and comparative literature, film, rhetorical writing, Russian language, and the 19th- and 20th-century Europeans and Russian intellectual history. At Sewanee, she has also served as a director of the Sewanee Summer in Russia Program. 

Recent Publications:


  • War on Reels: Cinematic Response to the Ukraine Crisis, work in progress
  • Bridging East and West: Ol’ha Kobylians’ka, Ukraine’s Pioneering ModernistToronto University Press, 2019


  • “The Past and Its Presence: A Study of Multidirectional Memory in Akhtem Seitablaiev’s 87 Children," under review with East European Jewish Affairs 
  • “Cyborgs vs. Vatniks: Hybridity, Weaponized Information, and Mediatized Reality in Recent Ukrainian War Films,” forthcoming with East/West: Journal of Ukrainian Studies, 2021
  • “The Early German Text of Ol’ha Kobylians’ka’s First Novel, The Princess: Transcription, Translation, Analysis,” Harvard Ukrainian Studies, volume 36, issues 1-2, 2019
  • “Beyond the Trenches: Ol’ha Kobylians’ka’s Writings of the First World War,” East/West: Journal of Ukrainian Studies, volume 3, 2015
  • “Vasylka” by Ol’ha Kobylians’ka (translated from the Ukrainian), Ukrainian Literature: A Journal of Translations, volume 4, 2014
  • “Nikita Mikhalkov’s Cinematic Verdict on Contemporary Russia,” Reconstruction: Studies in Contemporary Culture, issue 11.4, 2011