I am an Assistant Professor of Slavic Studies in the Department of Central, Eastern, and Northern European Studies at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada. I specialize in eighteenth- and nineteenth-century Russian literature and culture, and teach classes about Russian, Slavic and comparative literature and culture. More information about my research and activities can be found on my institutional profile or my ASEEES Commons site.


Currently I am finishing a book about the influence of gothic writing on Russian realism. My new research project is about the Arctic in the Russian imperial imagination. Additionally, I am co-editor of a volume with Simon Franklin about information and mechanisms of communication in early modern Russia, which is currently in press and due out in fall 2017. This is part of the project, “Information Technologies in Russia, 1450-1850,” on which I worked as a postdoctoral Research Associate from 2012-2014. I am actively involved in Dostoevsky studies outreach. I serve as editor of The Bloggers Karamazov, the blog of the North American Dostoevsky Society. With Kate Holland I am co-organizing a series of events related to the 150th anniversary of the publication of Crime and Punishment in 2016 and the bicentenary of Dostoevsky’s birth in 2021. I am also collaborating on a volume of Dostoevsky teaching materials with Connor Doak and Kate Holland, which is in press.

Upcoming Talks and Conferences

“Готический реализм в Обломовке. Проклятые семьи, заколдованные ландшафты, беспокойные сны,” HSE, Moscow, Sept 2017 “Mysteries! Secrets! And the Terror of Emptiness: Dostoevsky’s Political Gothic,” University of St Andrews, Sept 2017 “Zombies in the Snow: Apocalyptic Blizzards in Blok and Sorokin,” ASEEES, Chicago, Nov 2017

Katherine Bowers

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