Oksana Husieva

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  • Ph.D. Candidate

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Wescoe Hall, Room 2137


Oksana Husieva earned her M.A. in Russian and Comparative Literature from the Pennsylvania State University and is currently completing her Ph.D. in Slavic Languages and Literatures at the University of Kansas. Oksana has taught Russian and Ukrainian language courses at all levels and her self-designed course “The Supernatural in Russian Literature and Film” that won the departmental graduate course competition. She also assisted the faculty with teaching the courses on Russian folklore and culture. Her research interests include nineteenth- and twentieth-century Russian and Ukrainian literature and culture, Russian and Ukrainian folklore, women’s and gender studies, testimonial narratives, and autobiography studies. Her doctoral dissertation titled “The Art of Lament: Redefining the Tradition of Mourning in Russian Women’s Writing” examines how in their literary testimonies of Stalin’s repressions, Anna Akhmatova and Nadezhda Mandelstam draw on narrative models developed by the nineteenth-century peasant author Irina Fedosova.


M.A. in Slavic Languages and Literatures, University of Kansas, 2018
M.A. in Russian and Comparative Literature, Pennsylvania State University, 2016
M.A. in English Language and World Literature, Ivan Franko National University of Lviv, 2014, Lviv, Ukraine
B.A. in English Literature and World Language, Ivan Franko National University of Lviv, 2014, Lviv, Ukraine


Research interests:

  • Nineteenth- and twentieth-century Russian and Ukrainian literature and culture
  • Russian and Ukrainian folklore
  • Women’s and gender studies
  • Testimonial narratives
  • Autobiography studies

Selected Publications

Peer-Reviewed Articles

“Remembering the Victims of the Gulag: Images of Dokhodiagi in Solzhenitsyn’s The Gulag Archipelago and Shalamov’s Kolyma Stories.” Forthcoming in 2021 in The Russian Review. 

Book Reviews

Oksana Kis, Survival as Victory: Ukrainian Women in the Gulag (Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 2020), forthcoming in Canadian Slavonic Papers.

Sara Ahmed, Living a Feminist Life (Durham and London: Duke University Press, 2017), in Feminist Critique: East European Journal of Feminist and Queer Studies 4 (2020–2021): 109–112.

Dan Healey, Russian Homophobia from Stalin to Sochi (New York: Bloomsbury Academic, 2017), in Slavic and East European Journal 63.4 (2019): 621–22.


Irina V. Volkova, “The Future as Perceived by Soviet Schoolchildren of the 1930s,” translated from Russian for The Russian Review 79.2 (2020): 204–26.

Selected Presentations

“The Art of Lament: Re-evaluating the Figure and Work of Irina Andreevna Fedosova.” ASEEES, New Orleans, LA, November 2021.

“The Voices of Grief: Anna Akhmatova’s Requiem as Lament for Female Victims of the Great Terror.” Virtual Midwest Slavic Conference, April 2021.

“Mourning and Subjectivity in Nadezhda Mandelstam’s Hope Against Hope and Lidiia Chukovskaia’s Going Under.” ASEEES Virtual Convention, November 2020.

“Queer Spaces and Queer Alliances in Valerii Todorovskii’s The Land of the Deaf.” Roundtable presentation. ASEEES, San Francisco, CA, November 2019.

“Debating Gender on Stage: Nadezhda Teffi’s Play The Woman Question as a Response to the Women’s Movement in Russia.” ASEEES, Boston, MA, December 2018.

“From Muselmänner to Dokhodiagi: Confronting the Dehumanized Victims of the Gulag in Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn’s The Gulag Archipelago and Varlam Shalamov’s Kolyma Tales.” AATSEEL, Washington, D.C., February 2018.

Grants & Other Funded Activity

2021 ASEEES Graduate Student Travel Grant

2021 Summer Research Scholarship, Office of Graduate Studies, University of Kansas

2021 Outstanding Graduate Teaching Award, Slavic Department, University of Kansas

2020 Winner of the Third Prize of NYU Jordan Center’s Graduate Student Essay Competition

2019 Joseph L. Conrad Memorial Award, Slavic Department, University of Kansas

2018 Scholarly Presentation Travel Grant, Office of Graduate Studies, University of Kansas

2015 Walter Edwin Thompson & Dr. Regina B. Thompson Scholarship, Germanic and Slavic Department, Pennsylvania State University