Lynn Ellen Patyk

Academic Appointments
  • Associate Professor of Russian

  • Associate Editor, The Russian Review

I very broadly specialize in Russian Studies, which encompasses anything having to do with Russia. But my current interests revolve around political communication in its many forms and cultural representations. Increasingly I am intrigued by tactics and devices – that is, questions of formal method and technique involved in art and politics, and the way that these develop in specific media environments and technologies.

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211b Reed Hall
HB 6085


  • A.B. Middlebury College
  • M.A. Stanford University (Russian and East European Studies)
  • Ph.D. Stanford University (Slavic Languages and Literatures)

Selected Publications

  •  “Remembering ‘The Terrorism:’ Sergei Stepniak-Kravchinsky’s Underground Russia ” Slavic Review vol. 68 no. 4 (Winter, 2009)

  • “Dressed to Kill and Die: Terrorism, Gender, and Dress” Jahrbücher für Geschichte Osteuropas 58 /2010.

  • “The Byronic Terrorist: Boris Savinkov’s Literary Self-Mythologization” in Tony Anemone ed. Just Assassins? The Culture of Russian Terrorism Northwestern University Press, 2010.

  • “Fallen Women: The Female Terrorist and/as Prostitute in the Russian Literary Tradition” in Sylvia Schraut and Christine Hikel ed. Terrorismus, Geschlecht, Gedächtnis Campus Verlag, 2012.

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Works In Progress

  • Book manuscript Dostoevsky's Provocateurs (2021)

  • Article: "The Dark Side of Dialogue: Dostoevskian Provocation and the Provocateurs Karamazov" forthcoming in Slavonic and East European Review, January 2021

  • Book Manuscript, The Art of Provocation