Wesleyan portrait of Roman  Utkin

Roman Utkin

Assistant Professor of Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies

1 Vine Street, Fisk 408

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 Soviet poetry, prose, and visual culture. He enjoys teaching and writing on queer theory, exile, comparative modernisms, performance studies, and cinema. His current book project, Russian Berlin, examines the patterns of migration and cultural flows between Eastern and Central Europe and shows how refugees from Soviet Russia formed a unique diasporic community in Weimar Berlin.

A native speaker of both Tatar and Russian, Roman serves 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

Spring 2020 office hours: Monday, 3:00-4:30 p.m. and by appointment. 


Fall 2021
REES 208F - 01
Otherness & Belonging (FYS)

REES 235 - 01
Queer Russia

Spring 2022
REES 256 - 01
The Soviet Century

REES 268 - 01