Wesleyan portrait of Roman  Utkin

Roman Utkin

Assistant Professor of Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies

Assistant Professor, Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies


MA Kazan State University
MPHIL Yale University
PHD Yale University

Roman Utkin

Roman Utkin specializes in twentieth-century Russian and Russophone poetry, prose, and visual culture. He is the author of Charlottengrad: Russian Culture in Weimar Berlin (University of Wisconsin Press, 2023). Charlottengrad examines the Russian émigré and exile community that found itself in Berlin in the aftermath of the 1917 Revolution. By closely studying the intellectual output of the Russian-speaking émigrés ensconced in Berlin’s Charlottenburg neighborhood, the book reveals a picture of some of the world’s first “stateless” peoples struggling to understand their new identity as emigrants and exiles, balancing their sense of Russianness with their position in a modern, bustling Western city, and navigating their political and personal positionality toward a homeland that was no longer home. 

Roman's recent publications include a thematic cluster of articles called "Illegal Queerness: Russian Culture and Society in the Age of Anti-LGBTQ Censorship" in The Russian Review, an essay on Vladimir Nabokov's use of disability in fiction, and a film review of the HBO documentary film Welcome to Chechnya

A native speaker of both Tatar and Russian, Roman has served on the board of the Committee on Advocacy for Diversity and Inclusion within the Association for Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies. He is also a founding member of Q*ASEEES, the Society for the Promotion of LGBTQ Studies in Eastern Europe and Central Asia.

Roman was educated in Russia and the United States, earning an undergraduate degree in philology at Kazan State University (2007) and a Ph.D. in Slavic languages and literatures at Yale University (2015). Prior to joining the Wesleyan faculty, he taught at Davidson College.

Academic Affiliations

Office Hours

Fall 2023 office hours: Tuesday and Thursday, 4:30p.m.-5:30 p.m. and by appointment. 


Fall 2023
REES 235 - 01
Queer Russia

Spring 2024
CHUM 323 - 01
Documentary Fictions