B.A., Kenyon College ; M.A., Ph.D., Stanford University
Jason CieplyVisiting Lecturer in Russian
Research focuses on 19th- and 20th-century Russian literature and the revolutionary impulse.
I am an enthusiast of Russian culture interested in the ways revolution makes us think, feel, and speak. My research focuses on one state of mind historically associated with revolutionary societies — enthusiasm — and the Soviet artists, who shaped and were shaped by it in the first years of the Soviet project. I am excited to join Wellesley students in exploring the utopian dreams and recurring anxieties that defined Russia’s modern experience in courses on nineteenth-century literature, ideology, the short story, the writer Anton Chekhov, and Soviet and Russian film. Born and raised in cornfields of Ohio, I discovered Dostoevsky one fateful summer, was “persuaded” to major in Russian by a charismatic liberal arts professor, and have since spent my years studying Russian literature in California and St. Petersburg, Russia. In my free time, I travel, watch Soviet film, follow Russian and American politics, play guitar, and take rides on my scooter.