Edmund J. and Louise W. Kahn Term Professor in the Humanities
Professor of Russian and East European Studies
Dr. Platt received his B.A. from Amherst College (1989) and his Ph.D. from Stanford University (1994) and taught at Pomona College before joining the University of Pennsylvania faculty in 2002. He has been the recipient of grants from IREX, NCEEER, Fulbright-Hays and other programs, and was a Guggenheim Fellow in 2011-12.
Dr. Platt works on representations of Russian history, Russian historiography, history and memory in Russia, Russian lyric poetry, and global post-Soviet Russian cultures. He is the author of Terror and Greatness: Ivan and Peter as Russian Myths (Cornell UP, 2011) and History in a Grotesque Key: Russian Literature and the Idea of Revolution (Stanford, 1997; Russian edition 2006), and the co-editor (with David Brandenberger) of Epic Revisionism: Russian History and Literature as Stalinist Propaganda (Wisconsin UP, 2006). Global Russian Cultures (Wisconsin UP, 2018), which Dr. Platt edited, is forthcoming this fall.
Dr. Platt is the organizer of Your Language My Ear, a periodic Russian–English poetry translation symposium that takes place at the University of Pennsylvania. He has also edited and contributed translations to a number of books of Russian poetry in English translation, most recently Hit Parade: The Orbita Group (Ugly Duckling Presse, 2015) and Orbita: The Project (Arc, 2018), which is forthcoming this fall.
His current projects include a study of contemporary Russian culture in Latvia and a critical historiography of Russia.
Spring 2019 Courses
RUSS155 Masterpieces of 20th -Century Russian Literature
RUSS165/EEUR165Russian and East European Film after World War II
Member of the Penn Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies Group