Prof. Borovskaya-Ellis received her Bachelor and Master of Arts degrees from the Philology Department at Herzen State Pedagogical University in St. Petersburg, Russia. After moving to the United States, she completed a MA at the University of Missouri and PhD in Slavic Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. During her graduate programs she gained extensive experience in teaching language, literature, history, and culture.
- Russian literature and culture of the 20th century
- Polish literature and culture of various periods
- Literature, ideology, and history
- Soviet communism
- The Gulag: Its history, literature, and propaganda
ACLS/SSRC/NEH International and Area Studies Fellowship
Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars/ Kennan Institute for Advanced Russian Studies: Short-Term Visiting Scholarship (3 times)
- Russian literature and the visual arts
- 19th-century prose
- Cultural and museum studies
- Art and society
- National culture and identity
- The woman question
- Contemporary literature
- The story and the city
When Art Makes News: Writing Culture and Identity in Imperial Russia (DeKalb: Northern Illinois University Press, 2013). Recipient of the AATSEEL award Best Book in Literary/Cultural Studies (2014)
- Nineteenth and twentieth-century Russian literature, especially the work of Fyodor Dostoevsky and Vladimir Nabokov
- Russian and East European cinema
- Richard Stites Scholar Award: Received at Southern Conference on Slavic Studies in Tuscaloosa, Alabama on March 18-19, 2016
2016, special number: “Centrifugal Forces? Russia’s Regional Identities and Initiatives” Region, 5:2 (2016).
2016, edited volume: Area Studies in the Global Age: Community, Place, Identity, DeKalb: Northern Illinois University Press.