PhD with distinction in Anthropology (Columbia University, 2005)
Anthropology of emotions; transitional states; nationalism, memory and politics of history; postcoloniality; new materialism; language, narrative, and popular genres; everyday life; Communism; Soviet and post-Soviet Eurasia.
Serguei Oushakine has conducted fieldwork in the Siberian part of Russia, as well as in Belarus and Kyrgyzstan. His research is concerned with transitional processes and situations: from the formation of newly independent national cultures after the collapse of the Soviet Union to post-traumatic identities and hybrid cultural forms. His first book The Patriotism of Despair: Loss, Nation, and War in Russia focused on communities of loss and exchanges of sacrifices in provincial post-communist Russia. His current project explores Eurasian postcoloniality as a means of affective reformatting of the past and as a form of retroactive victimhood. Oushakine’s Russian-language publications include edited volumes on trauma, family, gender and masculinity. Prof. Oushakine is Director of the Program in Russian and Eurasian Studies at Princeton.
“Unsettling Nomadism.” A special collection of articles edited for Ab Imperio, 2012, Vol.2.
“Red Laughter”: On Refined Weapons of Soviet Jesters Social Research, 2012, Vol. 79 (1).
"Emotional Blueprints: War Songs as an Affective Medium."
in: Interpreting Emotions in Russia and Eastern Europe. Ed. by Mark D. Steinberg and Valeria Sobol DeKalb: Northern Illinois University Press, 2011.
"Totality Decomposed: Objectalizing Late Socialism in Post-Soviet Biochronicles" The Russian Review. Special Issue on Documentary Trends in Contemporary Russian Culture. Vol.69. No.4. (2010): 638-669.
The Patriotism of Despair: Nation, War, and Loss in Russia. Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 2009.
In Marx's Shadow: Knowledge, Power, and Intellectuals in Eastern Europe and Russia New York: Lexington Books, 2010. (Co-edited with Costica Bradatan)
Jokes of Repression. A Special Section edited for East European Politics & Society, November 2011, Vol. 25 (4).
Wither the Intelligentsia: The End of the Moral Elite in Eastern Europe. Guest editor of the special issue of Studies in East European Thought. Vol.61 (4), November 2009.