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Katya Jordan

Katya Jordan

Associate Chair
German and Russian

3112A JFSB
Provo, UT 84602


I received my B.A. in English and a TESOL Certificate from the University of Utah and my M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in Slavic Languages and Literatures at the University of Virginia. My area of specialization is Russian literature and culture in 19th, 20th, and 21st century. My current research focuses on literary journalism during the Era of Great Reforms and on Mme. Olga Novikoff's work. My other interests include: comparative periodical studies in Imperial period (journals, publication, and censorship), early women’s literary journalism, contextual studies, propaganda studies, and theories of silence.

Selected Publications

Jordan, Katya. “Dunia’s Progress, Samson’s Decline, and Pushkin’s Modernity: Decrypting the German Pictures in ‘The Stationmaster”. Ulbandus: The Slavic Review of Columbia University. 15 (2013): 59-79. [website]

Jordan, Katya. “The Meek One and Her Icon: Hodegetria’s Presence in Dostoevsky’s ‘Krotkaia’”. Toronto Slavic Quarterly. 56 (Spring 2016): 1-15. [website].

Jordan, Katya. “Russian Wanderer in the Post-Soviet Space: Homelessness in Ilichevsky’s Matisse”. Canadian-American Slavic Studies. 51, no. 4 (2017): 481-501. (DOI: 10.1163/22102396-05104008. EID: 2-s2.0-85038926612). [website]

Jordan, Katya. “Between Aestheticism and Populism: The Purpose of Art in Mamin-Sibiriak’s Shooting Stars,” The Slavic and East-European Journal. 62, no.1 (Spring 2018): 183–201. (EID: 2-s2.0-85048703324). [website]

Jordan, Katya. “Cutting the Umbilical Cord: Patriarchy and the Family Metaphor in Turgenev’s Virgin Soil”. Journal of Language, Literature and Culture. 66, no. 2 (2019): 1-16. (DOI: 10.1080/20512856.2019.1638010). [website]

Jordan, Katya. “A Crochet Needle Vs. A Quill Pen: Negotiating Fashion and Education in 19th-c. Russian Women’s Press.” Australian Slavonic and East European Studies. 33 (2019): 29-56. [website].

Brown, Tony, Jennifer Bown, Katya Jordan, Elizaveta Kurganova, and Ekaterina Talalakina.. “To Superior and Beyond: Developing Professional Proficiency in a Fourth-Year Russian Program”. Journal for Distinguished Language Studies. 7 (2011-2020).

Jordan, Katya. “‘It’s All One Big Fantasy’: Dostoevsky’s The Idiot as a Critique of Modernity”. Dostoevsky i mirovaia kultura. Filologicheskii zhurnal. 2 (2021): 65-88. [website]

Administrative Assignments

  • Associate Chair, Department of German and Russian, July 2022 – present.
  • Undergraduate Advisor, Russian Section, Department of German and Russian, July 2022 – present.

Professional Citizenship

  • Regional Coordinator, North American region, International Dostoevsky Society (IDS), February 2022 – present.
  • Organizer, annual North American Dostoevsky Society panel at the MLA Annual convention, January 2022—present.
  • Member, Reader Advisory Board, North American Dostoevsky Society (NADS), invited, July 2019 – present.
  • Member, Board of Directors, Association for Women in Slavic Studies (AWSS), elected, February 2018 – February 2020.
  • Member, Executive Council, Southern Conference on Slavic Studies (SCSS), elected, March 2015 – March 2018.


  • American Association of Teachers of Slavic and East European Languages (AATSEEL)
  • Association for Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies (ASEEES)
  • British Association for Slavonic and East European Studies (BASEES)
  • European Society for Periodical Research (ESPRit)
  • International Dostoevsky Society (IDS)
  • Modern Language Association (MLA)
  • North American Dostoevsky Society (NADS)
  • Southern Conference on Slavic Studies (SCSS)

Teaching Interests

I teach courses on Russian literature and language at various levels. In my Russian Novel course (Russ 340), we read major canonical authors and investigate criteria necessary for a work to become a masterpiece. The Fourth-Year Russian Literature course (Russ 442) begins with Anton Chekhov and ends with Vera Polozkova, and it is taught entirely in Russian. My fourth-year Russian Language course (Russ 421) aims at developing information literacy and advanced language proficiency skills by examining Russian current events through the lens of propaganda studies. In Senior Seminar (RUSS 492R), we use the history of Russian animation from its beginning to today as a framework for student-led research.

Courses Taught