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Mershon Center for International Security Studies

Yana HashamovaProfessor and Chair
Slavic and East European Languages and Cultures
400 Hagerty Hall
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M.A., History and Theory of Culture, University of Sofia (1990)
Ph.D., Slavic Languages and Literatures, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (1996)
Ph.D., Comparative Literature, 20th Century European Film and Literature, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (1999)

Yana Hashamova is professor and chair of Slavic and East European Languages and Cultures and an associate faculty member in comparative studies, women's studies, film studies, as well as the Mershon Center for International Security Studies. She is also associate researcher at the Research Centre of the Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts (Institute of Culture and Memory Studies). 

Hashamova strives to establish links between political ideology, critical psychoanalysis, and cinema, while analyzing post-Soviet conditions. Her most recent books are Screening Trafficking: Prudent and Perilous? (Central European University Press, 2018), and Beyond Mosque, Church, and State: Alternative Narratives of the Nation in the Balkans, co-edited with Theodora Dragostinova and based on a 2011 Mershon-funded conference (Central European University Press, 2017).

Her other books include Transgressive Women in Modern Russian and East European Cultures: From the Bad to the Blasphemous, co-edited with Mark Lipovetsky and Beth Holmgren (Routledge, 2016); Embracing Arms: Cultural Representation of Slavic and Balkan Women in War, edited with Helena Goscilo (Central European University Press, 2012); Cinepaternity: Fathers and Sons in Soviet and Post-Soviet Film, edited with Helena Goscilo (Indiana University Press, 2010); and Pride and Panic: Russian Imagination of the West in Post-Soviet Film (Intellect Press, distributed in the United States by University of Chicago Press, 2007). 

She has also published numerous articles in the areas of Russian film, Russian and West European drama, comparative literature and the arts, critical theory and gender studies. Her most recent work explores film representations of trafficking in women.

Faculty Links
Curriculum Vitae (pdf)
Department web page
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Media Links
Slavic Studies: Hashamova named to Slovene Academy (2017)
Slavic Studies: Hashamova and Suchland awarded grant from Slovenian International Integration Agency and European Science Foundation (2015)
Slavic Studies: Hashamova teaches course at Beijing Normal University (2014)
Mershon Center: Article by Hashamova wins Heldt Prize (2013)
Slavic Studies: Faculty group receives $175,000 Mellon Foundation grant (2012)
College of Arts and Sciences: Faculty Group Receives $175,000 Mellon Foundation Grant (2012)
Office of International Affairs: Two new directors appointed to lead area studies centers (2009)

Mershon Projects
Trafficking, Ethnicity, and Religion: Prevention Campaigns and Minorities in the Balkans (2012-13)
Beyond Mosque, Church, and State: Negotiating Religious and Ethno-National Identities in the Balkans (2011-12)
International Conference on Women and War (2007-08)