Alexander Prokhorov

  • Associate Professor, College of William and Mary


Education & Training

  • Ph.D., University of Pittsburgh, Slavic Languages & Literatures, 2002
  • Ph.D. Certificate (Cultural Studies), 2002
  • Ph.D. Certificate (Film Studies), 2002
  • M.A., University of Pittsburgh, Slavic Languages & Literatures, 1994
  • B.A., Moscow State University. Double Major in Applied Linguistics and English, 1987.

Courses Taught

  • Dostoevsky's Major Novels
  • Introduction to Women's Studies
  • Russian Cinema: "The Most Important Art"
  • Russian Media Culture
  • World Cinema before Television

Representative Publications

Film and Television Genres of the Late Soviet Era.  Co-authored with Elena Prokhorov.  NY/London: Bloomsbury Academic, 2017.

“Un/Taming the Unruly Woman: from Melodramatic Containment to Carnivalistic Utopia” (co-authored with Elena Prokhorov). Transgressive Women in Modern Russian and East European Cultures: From the Bad to the Blasphemous.  Eds. Yana Hashamova, Beth Holmgren and Mark Lipovetsky.  NY: Routledge, 2016.  30-49.

“Visualizing St. Petersburg: Using Documentary Production in a Short Term Study Abroad Program to Enhance Oral Proficiency, Media Literacy, and Research Skills.” (co-authored with Jes Therkelsen). Journal of Film and Video 67.3-4 (Fall-Winter 2015): 112-125.

“Russian and Soviet Adventure Film.” Directory of World Cinema: Russia 2.  Ed. Birgit Beumers.  Bristol, UK: Intellect, 2014.

“She Defends His Motherland: The Myth of Mother Russia in Soviet Maternal Melodrama of the 1940s.” Embracing Arms: Cultural Representation of Slavic and Balkan Women in War. Ed. Yana Hashamova. Budapest: Central European UP, 2012. 

“Public Sphere: Film Studies and Civil Society”. Iskusstvo kino/Art of Cinema 4( 2011): 56-60.

“From the Red Screen to the Multiplex [Russia].” Senses of Cinema 58 (2011) (co-authored with Elena Prokhorova) 

“The Myth of the “Great Family” in Marlen Khutsiev’s Lenin’s Guard and Mark Osep’ian’s Three Days of Viktor Chernyshev.” Eds. Helena Goscilo and Yana Hashamova. Bloomington: Indiana UP, 2010. 29-50.

“Three Buratinos: The Evolution of the Soviet Film Hero.” The Club of Small Media Heroes. Eds. Maria Mayofis, Ilya Kikulin, Mark Lipovetsky. Moscow: New Literary Review (NLO), 2008. 153-180.

"Springtime for Soviet Cinema: Re/Viewing the Sixties." Pittsburgh: Pittsburgh Film Symposium, 2001.

Research Interests

  • Contemporary Russian cinema
  • Film Studies
  • Cultural Studies
  • Gender Studies

Employment Since Graduation

2008-to the present Associate Professor, College of William and Mary

2002-2008 Assistant Professor, College of William and Mary

Dissertation Title and Year

Inherited Discourse: Stalinist Tropes in Thaw Culture, 2002