A Ph.D. student in the joint program in Film and Media Studies & Slavic Languages and Literatures, Vika’s research interests focus on Russian visual culture of the late 19th and early 20th centuries, particularly on the interaction between painting, cinema, and science, and questions of realism. Her other academic pursuits involve Russian émigré cinema in interwar Europe, early transnational stardom, and women’s contribution to silent film.
M.A. Thesis, Columbia University, 2011: ‘Enough of Mozzhukhin!’ or, ‘Ivan the Great’: the Star Image of Ivan Mozzhukhin in Soviet Russia and France in the 1920s.
“Riding Horses, Writing Stories: Josephine Rector’s Career at Western Essanay.” Researching Women in Silent Cinema: New Findings and Perspectives. Edited by Monica Dall’Asta, Victoria Duckett, and Lucia Tralli (Bologna: Dipartimento delle Art, Alma Mater Studiorum Università di Bologna, 2013), 414-423.
Recent Conference Presentations:
“Star Histories of Ivan Mozzhukhin,” ASEEES Annual Convention, Boston, November 21–24, 2013.
Films Albatros, Museum of Modern Art, New York, December 18-31, 2013.
Mellon Fellowship for the Mellon Graduate Concentration “Circa 1900,” 2014-2015.