Emily Wang

Assistant Professor of Russian
Faculty Fellow at the Nanovic Institute for European Studies; Faculty Affiliate, Initiative for Race and Resilience

Assistant Professor of Russian
110 Decio Faculty Hall
Notre Dame, IN 46556
+1 574-631-5572
Office Hours
MW 10-11, via Google Calendar



Ph.D., Princeton University

M.A., Princeton University

B.A., Wesleyan University

Research and Teaching Interests

  • Russian poetry
  • Intellectual history
  • History of emotions
  • Race and ethnicity in Russia


My research deals with Russian literature (especially poetry) and its relation to broader social trends, including the formation of intellectual and emotional communities, the intersection between politics and literature, and questions of racial and national identity. While I started studying Russian because as a melancholy teenager I loved the novels of Fyodor Dostoevsky, it wasn't until I had to start reading (and memorizing) poetry in Russian that I really became interested in this genre. In college, I remember feeling startled to learn that Alexander Pushkin's brother Lev would irritate his brother by circulating the poet's latest works at parties before he could publish them himself. The anecdote reminded me of the then-current debates surrounding Napster and file sharing and helped me realize that poetry played a very different role in nineteenth-century Russia than I had presumed based on the rarefied (and mandatory) position poetry held in my earlier English classes. Today,  it's still exciting for me to study how Russian-language poetry has been used to spur political movement, define identities, explore ideas, and inspire obsessions.

Representative Publications and Accomplishments

Pushkin, the Decembrists, and Civic Sentimentalism (University of Wisconsin Press, 2023)

“Mixed-Race Pushkin: Racial Ambiguity and the Russian Poet,” Canadian Slavonic Papers / Revue Canadienne des Slavistes (2023), DOI: 10.1080/00085006.2023.2273698

“Russia’s Radical Byron: Reexamining the ‘Decembrist Pushkin,’” Comparative Literature (2022) 74 (1): 73–98.

“When Pushkin’s Blackness was in Vogue: Rediscovering the Racialization of Russia’s Premiere Poet and His Descendants,” with Korey Garibaldi, in Slavic Review 80 (2021): 245-257.

“Ryleev, Pushkin, and the Poeticization of Russian History,” Russian Review 78.1 (2019): 62-81