Graduate Students

Andrzej Brylak
PhD Student, Slavic Studies (Polish)Brylak photo
TA for Polish Basic Language Program (POL 101-104)
Areas of Interest: His academic interests include Polish and Jewish postwar writings, Polish Literature in Israel, biopolitics, disability studies, totalitarianism studies, and modernization discourses.  He is currently working on a monograph devoted to Leo Lipski titled - Leo Lipski and The End of  Modernity. Andrzej enjoys long walks, cycling, NPR, and stand-up comedy.
1604 University Hall
abryla2@uic.edu

Tetyana Dzyadevych
PhD Student, Slavic Studies (Russian)
TA for Russian Basic Language Program (RUSS 101-104)
Areas of interest:
Russian and Ukrainian literature, Central and Eastern European studies, women’s studies, and film studies. She is researching political subjectivities in contemporary Russia and Ukraine through the lens of literature. Tetyana likes travelling, jazz music and good conversation.
1604 University Hall
tdzyad2@uic.edu

Andrei Gorkovoi
PhD Student, Slavic Studies (Russian)
TA for Russian Basic Language Program (RUSS 101-104)
Areas of interest:
Russian modernism and visual arts
1604 University Hall
agorko2@uic.edu

Diana Helwink
MA Student, Slavic Studies (Russian)

Agnieszka Jeżyk
PhD Student, Slavic Studies (Polish)
Areas of Interest: Polish poetry of the Avant-garde
Current Position: Lecturer in Polish, UCLA (2017-present)
ajezyk2@uic.edu
Personal Website: http://agnieszkajezyk.wixsite.com/mysite
Agnieszka Jeżyk is a lecturer of Polish language at UCLA, and a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Illinois at Chicago in the Slavic and Baltic Languages and Literatures Department where she taught an array of classes, including all levels of Polish (beginner, intermediate, and advance), and culture and literature courses. She is currently working on her thesis concerning the problem of embodiment in 1920s Polish Avant-Garde poetry. Her academic interests revolve around issues such as love and erotic discourse, masculinities and femininities, body and corporeal experience in modernist and contemporary culture, everyday life under socialism (with the emphasis on fashion and music) and Polish-Jewish and Polish avant-gardes of the interwar period. Her teaching interests focus on the importance of visual aids in second language classroom as well as the strategies for improving writing skills in heritage speakers groups. In her free time Agnieszka enjoys translating poetry, listening to music, writing short stories, and watching horror movies.

Alexander "Sasha" Lindskog
PhD Student, Slavic Studies (Polish)Lindskog
Current Position: Lecturer at the University of Silesia and the Jagiellonian University
Areas of interest: Sasha is interested in transnational modernism(s) and continental philosophy, especially questions of embodiment, representation and subjectivity. His dissertation interprets the embodiment and politics of Witkacy's late work. He is also a translator, a pianist and a DJ, and currently teaches psychoanalytic theory at the University of Silesia.
dlinds4@uic.edu

Raisa Shapiro
PhD Student, Slavic Studies (Polish)
Areas of Interest: Raisa is interested in emigre literature(s), trajectories of 20th century nationalism in Eastern Europe, comparative Slavic linguistics, dybbuks, and questions of Jewish identity in diaspora and post-Soviet space. She is currently learning as many languages as possible, and in her spare time works on translating Elena Bochorishvili’s Tol’ko zhdat’ i smotret’ (Just Wait and See).

Justin (Charlie) Smith
PhD Student, Slavic Studies (Russian)
TA for Russian Basic Language Program (RUSS 101-104)
1604 University Hall
jsmit89@uic.edu

Anton Svynarenko
PhD Student, Slavic Studies (Russian)
TA for Russian Basic Language Program (RUSS 101-104)
Areas of Interest: His dissertation explores the depictions of childhood in Russian modernism, specifically focusing on the figure of the queer child. Besides childhood studies and queer theory, his academic interests include film and media, American literature, and contemporary debates on posthumanism. In what little spare time he has, Anton translates fiction and dabbles in non-academic writing himself. 
1604 University Hall
asvyna2@uic.edu

Recent alumni

Lucas Plazek, MA (2018)

Volha Seliazniova, MA (2015) Current Position: PhD program in Slavic Languages and Literatures at University of Southern California.

Serhii Tereshchenko, MA (2015). Current Position: PhD program in Slavic Languages and Literatures at Columbia University.

Yelena Zotova, Ph.D. (2014) "Envy as an Object of Artistic Representation in Russian Modernist Prose." Current Position: Assistant Teaching Professor of Russian, Penn State University

Michael Slager, Ph.D. (2015) "Russia's Orient: Imperial Fictions and the Politics of Identity." Current Position: Lecturer in the Department of English, Loyola University and Lecturer at UIC's Honors College