Julie Buckler


Professor of Slavic Languages and Literatures and Comparative Literature, Harvard University

Executive Committee
Faculty Associate

Julie Buckler, Professor of Slavic Languages and Literatures and Comparative Literature at Harvard and Harvard College Professor, works on the cultural heritage of imperial Russia. Buckler received her B.A. from Yale University (Russian and East European Studies), and her doctorate from Harvard. She has spent her academic career at Harvard, as a junior professor beginning in 1996 and as a tenured member of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences since 2003. She has been awarded fellowships by the American Association of University Women and the Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies, and was a fellow at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Studies in 2006-2007. Buckler was Senior Humanities Adviser to the Radcliffe Institute, directing the humanities part of their Academic Ventures Program, in this capacity she was a principal investigator for a 4-year Mellon Foundation grant on “Recontextualizing Urban Studies” (2013-2017). Buckler was a member of the Steering Committee for a recent Arts & Humanities broad-based divisional initiative called "The Humanities Project." She has also served as chair of the Slavic Department.

Russian literature
19th-century and pre-revolutionary prose
cultural studies and semiotics
performing arts (opera, ballet, drama, music) and performance studies
urban studies
monuments and commemorations
the presence of the past
the art of interpretation
literary canon and popular culture.
Current Project
“Cultural Properties: The Afterlife of Imperial Objects in Soviet and Post-Soviet Russia”; “Russian Performances” (an edited volume)
Foreign Language


, Slavic Languages and Literatures
, Harvard University
Selected Publications

Thinking Through Performance in Russian Culture, eds., Julie A. Buckler, Julie A. Cassiday, and Boris Wolfson (Wisconsin UP, forthcoming 2018).

Rites of Place: Public Commemoration in Russia and Eastern Europe ed. with Emily D. Johnson (Northwestern UP, 2013).

“Victorian Literature and Russia,” in The Oxford Handbook of the Victorian Novel, ed. Lisa Rodensky (Oxford UP, 2013).

"What Comes After Post-Soviet in Russian Studies?" PMLA 124, no. 1 (2009) 251–263.

Mapping St. Petersburg: Imperial Text and Cityscape (Princeton UP, 2005).