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Meet Assistant Professor Bradley Gorski

As Russia and Eastern Europe continue to populate newspaper headlines around the world, Vanderbilt’s dynamic Russian and East European Studies program continues to grow. Alongside new courses on contemporary culture and innovative collaboration across departments, we welcome Bradley Gorski, new assistant professor of Russian and East European Studies. Dr. Gorski teaches and writes on twentieth and twenty-first century Russian and comparative literature, culture, and intellectual history. He is especially interested in the ways economics and politics intersect with literature, art, and culture. His research focuses on the 1990s, when market capitalism was first introduced in post-Soviet Russia, and the ways in which economic transformations have affected how authors write literature and how they find their audiences. At Vanderbilt, Dr. Gorski will teach courses on Russian language, cinema, literature, and visual arts throughout the twentieth and twenty-first centuries.


Born in Idaho, Dr. Gorski grew up in Spokane, Washington, where his interactions with the sizeable local Russian-speaking population originally sparked his interest in the language and culture. After graduating from Georgetown University, Dr. Gorski spent several years living in Russia and working on study abroad programs and in other capacities in international education. He returned to the U.S. to attend graduate school at Columbia University, where he received his Ph.D. in 2018.

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