Serguei Alex. Oushakine

Assistant Professor, Department of Slavic Languages & Literatures

Affiliated Faculty

 226 East Pyne

 Curriculum Vitae



Serguei Alex. Oushakine teaches in the Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures. He received his degree of Kandidat of political science from St. Petersburg State University (1995) and then earned a PhD (with distinction) in anthropology at Columbia University in 2005. He held a postdoctoral fellowship at the Harriman Institute at Columbia in 2005-2006, and joined the Princeton faculty in 2006. His research examines transitional periods in Russia's twentieth-century history. Based on fieldwork in Siberia in 2001-3, his book The Patriotism of Despair: Nation, War, and Loss in Russia (Cornell UP, 2009), documents how the social ties to and identification with the Soviet state became gradually replaced by negatively structured forms of patriotic attachment after the collapse of the Soviet Union. His areas of interest also include the intersection of crime and consumption, and symbolization of law and violence in Soviet and post-Soviet popular culture. His English-language articles have appeared in American Anthropologist; Cultural Anthropology; Public Culture; Ethnos; Theory, Culture & Society, and Europe-Asia Studies.


"Aesthetics Without Law: Cinematic Bandits in Post-Soviet Space." Slavic and East European Journal. A Special Issue on Post-Soviet Film, Forthcoming, 2007.


"Crimes of Substitution: Detection and the Late Soviet Society." Public Culture, vol. 15 (3): 426-452 (2003), PDF

"The Terrifying Mimicry of Samizdat." Public Culture, vol. 13 (2): 191-214 (2001), PDF