Harvard College Professor of Slavic Languages and Literatures and Comparative Literature
Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures

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 is now Senior Humanities Adviser to the Radcliffe Institute, directing the humanities part of their Academic Ventures Program. She is also a member of the Steering Committee for a current Arts & Humanities broad-based divisional initiative called “The Humanities Project.” She just completed a term as chair of the Slavic Department.

Her areas of interest include of interest include Russian literature, 19th-century and pre-revolutionary prose, 18th-century literature, West European and American literature, cultural studies and semiotics, performing arts (opera, ballet, drama, music) and performance studies, urban studies, imperialism, monuments and commemorations, the presence of the past, the art of interpretation, literary canon and popular culture.

Professor Buckler is currently engaged in several projects such as: The Paradoxical Properties of Culture: Moscow Heritage Sites after Luzhkov; Cultural Properties: The Afterlife of Imperial Objects in Soviet and Post-Soviet Russia; and Staging Russianness: Cultural Life in Performance; Russian Imperial Masterworks and their Post-Histories.

She is the writer of several books including: Mapping St. Petersburg: Imperial Text and Cityshape (2005); The Literary Lorgnette: Attending Opera in Imperial Russia (2000); and Rites of Place: Public Commemoration in Russia and and Eastern Europe (With Emily D. Johnson, 2012)

Professor Buckler is co-directing the Harvard University Mellon Initiative for Urbanism in the Humanities with Professor Eve Blau of the Harvard Graduate School of Design and is heading the Berlin-Moscow portal of the initiative together with Professor Blau.