Olga Kim

Olga Kim specializes in 20th- and 21st-century Russian and Eurasian culture and literature with a research focus on modernism and art cinema, socialist modernity, and the imperial legacy in Russia and Eurasia.

Education & Training

  • BA, Russian Language and Literature, Seoul National University, 2006
  • MA, Russian Literature, Seoul National University, 2009
  • MA, Slavic Languages and Literatures, University of Pittsburgh, 2013
  • PhD, Film & Media Studies and Slavic Languages & Literatures, University of Pittsburgh, 2019

Courses Taught

  • Elementary, Intermediate, Advanced, and Fourth-Year Russian
  • Russian Fairy Tales
  • Introduction to Film
  • History of Russian Film 1, 2 
  • Masterpieces of 19th-century Russian Literature
  • Masterpieces of 20th-century Russian Literature
  • Early Russian Culture

Representative Publications

“Imperial Fatigue: Somnabulants, Ghosts, and Monsters.” In Cinemasaurus: Russian Film in Contemporary Context. Eds. Nancy Condee, Alexander Prokhorov, and Elena Prokhorova. 2020. Boston: Academic Studies Press.

“Cinema and Painting in Parajanov’s Aesthetic Metamorphoses.” Studies in Russian and Soviet Cinema vol. 12, issue 1 (2018):19-36

“Nesting Figures of the Past: The Legend of Suram Fortress (Sergei Parajanov, 1984).” Senses of Cinema vol. 85 (2017)

Research Interests

  • Soviet National Cinemas 
  • Early Soviet Avant-Garde
  • New Media
  • Central Asian Visual Culture