Svetlana Cheloukhina

Associate Professor
Queens College, CUNY

Svetlana V. Cheloukhina

PhD in Slavic Languages and Literatures, University of Toronto
MA in Slavic Languages and Literatures, University of Toronto
BA and MA in Russian Language and Literature, Russian as a Foreign Language, and English Language and Literature, Southern Federal University, Russia

Svetlana Cheloukhina is Associate Professor and Coordinator of the Russian Program. Her research and teaching interests are wide-ranging, from Russian nineteenth- and twentieth-century poetry, particularly, its philosophical aspects, modernism, Russian and European avant-garde, and contemporary visual art, to ethno-cultural history of the North Caucasus. Prof. Cheloukhina’s publications include the book, The Poetic Universe of Nikolai Zabolotsky (2006), the articles, book chapters, encyclopedia entrees, edited volume and book reviews on OBERIU and ZabolotskyAcmeism and the avant-gardeMikhail Zenkevich and Vladimir Narbut, contemporary Christian studies and early Christian iconography, and Ballet Russes. She has given invited lectures and seminars, and presented papers at the conferences in the US, Canada, Europe (Germany, Finland), Russia, Kazakhstan, and Japan.

Her primary current project, a monograph entitled Mikhail Zenkevich: Acmeism and Beyond, is based on previously unpublished archival materials. This first book-length study of Zenkevich’s oeuvre will examine his poetry, prose, dramatic works, criticism, and translations created for over sixty years, his association with Acmeism and the avant-garde in St. Petersburg-Petrograd of the 1910s-1920s, his editorial work in Saratov and Moscow in the 1920s-1930s, his correspondence with Orville Wright and affiliation with prominent American and European poets, writers, and cultural activists during the 1930s-1960s. This book will discuss Zenkevich's legacy and reevaluate his role in the twentieth-century literary process in Russia.

Most recently, at the 2020 ASEEES Annual Convention, as a part of her further investigations in the field of arts and culture of Karachay-Cherkessia and for the first time in the West, Prof. Cheloukhina had introduced the paintings of Igor Kiyanitsa, a contemporary Russian artist, an adept of both academism and Expressionism, a prominent educator and cultural activist.

Prof. Cheloukhina’s interest in online pedagogy has resulted in her developing and teaching seven new online courses in Russian literature and culture. Before coming to Queens College in 2000, she taught at the Universities of Toronto, North Carolina-Chapel Hill, and Rostov. She has received Mellon Foundation, Sloan, The Tahmysian Foundation, several PSC-CUNY, Queens College, and other grants and awards for her scholarship and teaching.