Areas of Expertise

A combined interest in LGBTQ studies, comparative literature, film studies, and Eastern European culture is at the center of Alexandar Mihailovic’s writing and teaching. Among other subjects, he writes and teaches about artificial intelligence in literature and popular culture, postcolonial women writers and filmmakers, and Russian Jewish literature.

Mihailovic has written about a range of subjects, including theology and literary theory, nineteenth- and twentieth century Russian and Ukrainian literature, the criminal subculture in Russia, cultural relations during the Cold War, popular music, African American studies, art history, music, and cinema studies. In his recent publications, he examines the global rise of the populist right-wing movements. He has also translated Russian literature and literary criticism.

His books include Corporeal Words: Mikhail Bakhtin’s Theology of Discourse (Northwestern University Press) and The Mitki and Art of Postmodern Protest in Russia (University of Wisconsin Press), which has recently come out in an updated version as a Russian translation. Together with Helga Druxes and Karolin Machtans, he has also edited the collection Navid Kermani: Contemporary German Writers, about the Iranian-German fiction writer and respected scholar of Islam who has positioned himself as a forthright critic of xenophobia and the resurgent far right within Germany.

He is currently at work on a book about the confluence of American and Russian far-right groups and movements, titled Fearful Symmetries: The American and Russian Traditionalist Intelligentsia Looks at Gender and Race. With Helga Druxes and Patricia A. Simpson, Mihailovic is also co-authoring Resilient Subjects: Contemporary Cinema and Fiction Confront Neoliberalism.

Mihailovic has taught at Williams College, Columbia, and Brown. He has received fellowships from the National Council for Eurasian and East European Research and the Oakley Center for Humanities and Social Sciences at Williams. Mihailovic was a recurring visiting faculty member at Bennington from Spring 2012 through Fall 2020.

Scholarship/Creative Work


Митьки и искусство постмодернистского протеста в России. Tr. Nina Stavrogina. Series: Studies in Visual Culture. Moscow: NLO Books. Updated version of The Mitki and the Art of Postmodern Protest in Russia.

The Mitki and the Art of Postmodern Protest in Russia. Madison, WI: University of Wisconsin Press, 2018 Paperback edition: 2019.

Druxes, Helga, Karolin Machtans and Alexandar Mihailovic, eds. Navid Kermani. Series: Contemporary German Writers and Filmmakers. Oxford, UK: Peter Lang Oxford, 2016

Tchaikovsky and His Contemporaries: A Centenary Symposium in Commemoration of the Death of Piotr Ilich Tchaikovsky (1840-1893) [Edited volume] Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1999

Corporeal Words: Mikhail Bakhtin’s Theology of Discourse. Evanston, Ill.: Northwestern University Press, 1997


“Whither the State? Steve Bannon, the Alt Right, and Lenin’s State and Revolution.” In Ivanchikova, Alla and Robert Maclean, eds. The Futures of Lenin. [Forthcoming, State University of New York Press, 2021]

“Hijacking Authority: Academic Neo-Aryanism and Internet Expertise.” In: Patricia Simpson and Helga Druxes, eds. Digital Media Strategies of the Far Right in Europe and the United States. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books, 2015: 83-102.

“‘The Order of the Vanquished Dragon’: The Performance of Archaistic Homophobia by the Union of Orthodox Banner Bearers in Putin’s Russia.” In: Patricia Simpson and Helga Druxes, eds. Digital Media Strategies of the Far Right in Europe and the United States. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books, 2015: 215-228.

Film Reviews and Blogs:

Review of film Abandoned (2019), dir. Evgeny Tatarov. Kinokultura: New Russian Cinema 70 (October 2019):

Review of film Russian Psycho (2018), dir. Grigorii Konstaninopol’skii. Kinokultura: New Russian Cinema 66 (October 2019):

“A Belief in Jest: Anarchic Arts in Postmodern Russia.” University of Wisconsin Press Author’s Blog:

Review of film Weekend (2013), dir. Stanislav Govorukhin. Kinokultura: New Russian Cinema 48 (April 2015):

Review of film Thirst [Zhazhda] (2013), dir. Dmitrii Tiurin. Kinokultura: New Russian Cinema 43 (January 2014):