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Meet Mellon Assistant Professor Irina Denischenko

As the Department of German, Russian and East European Studies continues to grow, we welcome Irina Denischenko as Mellon Assistant Professor of Russian Culture. 
Dr. Denischenko writes and teaches on  20 th -century literature, art, and literary theory in Central and
Eastern Europe. Her research focuses on the avant-garde of the 1910s and the 1920s in Russia, Czech Republic, and Hungary. She is especially interested in the intellectual cross-pollination between experimental art and emerging literary theory in this time period.
At Vanderbilt, she teaches comparative courses on the avant-garde, fairy tales, literary theory, and women's history in Russia, in addition to Russian language courses.  Born in the southern city of Rostov-on-Don, Russia, she completed her undergraduate studies at Stanford University in sunny California. After receiving an M.A. degree from the Central European University in Budapest, she went to complete her Ph.D. studies at Columbia University in New York.

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