Associate Professor of Liberal Studies and Literary Studies
As a scholar and educator, Prof. Medzhibovskaya is interested in how literature transmits human values in their cultural and historical specificity and universality and how literature reveals worlds hidden from plain view. Her focus in the classroom is on teaching students how to read well and express themselves well in order to think creatively about their unique role in the world. She is the author of the first definitive study of Tolstoy’s religious and philosophical evolution, Tolstoy and the Religious Culture of His Time (paperback 2009), and has published some forty journal essays and book chapters on literature (focusing mainly on Tolstoy and other Russian authors and philosophers), ideology and education, and the interplay of philosophy, religion, politics and literary aesthetics. She is editor of two volumes forthcoming with Northwestern University Press, Tolstoy and His Problems: Views from the Twenty-First Century, and the first annotated critical edition of Tolstoy’s tract On Life (co-translated with Michael Denner). She is also continuing with two new monographs: Tolstoy and the Fates of the Twentieth Century (for Princeton University Press) and with a study titled Writing and Confinement.
PhD, Slavic Languages and Literature, Princeton University
Russian and Central East European Literature and Culture. Romanticism. Critical Theory. Intellectual and Cultural History. Literature and Philosophy. Literature and Education. Tolstoy.
American Philosophical Society Franklin Grant (2010)
Distinguished University Teaching Award (The New School, 2007)
2002-2003 Mellon Post-Doctoral Fellow (Society for the Humanities, Cornell University)
Center for Human Values Mellon Graduate Prize Fellow in Residence (Princeton University 1998-1999)
Certificate in Advanced Polish and Polish Culture, 1996 (Jagiellonian University, Kraków, Poland)
Studies In Radical Aesthetics
Crime and Salvation
Ind Senior Project
War & Peace
First Year Seminar