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Personal profile

Lilya Kaganovsky is Professor of Slavic, Comparative Literature, and Cinema Studies, and the Director of the Program in Comparative & World Literature at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. Kaganovsky received her B.A. in Literature from U.C. Santa Cruz in 1992, with a specialization in English, American, and Russian Literature. She received her M.A. in Slavic Languages and Literatures from Columbia University in 1994; and her Ph.D. in Comparative Literature with an Emphasis in Film Studies from U.C. Berkeley in 2000. She has been at the University of Illinois since 2001, where she is affiliated with the Unit for Criticism & Interpretive Theory, the College of Media, the Department of Gender and Women's Studies, and the Program in Jewish Culture and Society, and the Initiative in Holocaust, Genocide, and Memory Studies. 

Research Interests

Soviet and post-Soviet literature and film; film and critical theory; gender studies; women's cinema; sound studies


Ph.D., University of California Berkley, 2000

Honors & Awards

2017 Campus Distinguished Promotion Award, University of Illinois
2016 (Fall) Visiting Fellow at University College, University of Oxford, UK
2013-2016 College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Centennial Scholar, University of Illinois
2012-2014 Senior Research Fellow, Unit for Criticism & Theory, University of Illinois
2011 (Fall) Visiting Fellow at Trinity College, University of Cambridge, UK
2011-2012 American Council of Learned Societies/Social Science Research Council/National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship
2007-2008 Center for Advanced Study Fellow, University of Illinois
2004-2005 Mellon Faculty Fellowship, University of Illinois


SLAV 525 / ARTH 541: Technologies of the Soviet Avant-garde

Office Address

3080 Foreign Languages Building
707 S Mathews Ave
M/C 160
Urbana, IL 61801

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Research Output

Sound, speech, music in Soviet and post-Soviet cinema

Kaganovsky, L. (ed.) & Salazkina, M. (ed.), 2014, Indiana University Press. 299 p.

Research output: Book/ReportBook

  • Learning to Speak Soviet: Soviet Cinema and the Coming of Sound

    Kaganovsky, L., May 20 2016, A Companion to Russian Cinema. Beumers, B. (ed.). Wiley-Blackwell, p. 292-313 22 p.

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

  • Maidan

    Kaganovsky, L., Dec 1 2015, In : Slavic Review. 74, 4, p. 894-895 2 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalBook/Film/Article review


    • 3 Editorial activity

    Academic Studies Press (Publisher)

    Lilya Kaganovsky (Editorial board member)

    2008 → …

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    Qui parle: critical humanities and social sciences (Journal)

    Lilya Kaganovsky (Editorial board member)


    Activity: Editorial work typesEditorial activity

    Studies in Russian and Soviet Cinema (Journal)

    Lilya Kaganovsky (Editorial board member)

    2009 → …

    Activity: Editorial work typesEditorial activity