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). He is the editor of Global Russian Cultures (Wisconsin UP, 2018) and the co-editor (with David Brandenberger) of Epic Revisionism: Russian History and Literature as Stalinist Propaganda (Wisconsin UP, 2006).
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 Orbita: The Project (Arc Publications, 2018) and Hit Parade: The Orbita Group (Ugly Duckling Presse, 2015).
His current projects include a study of contemporary Russian culture in Latvia, tentatively titled Near Abroad, a study of history and memory in Soviet and post-Soviet Russia, and a critical historiography of Russia.
Fall 2019 Courses
RUSS191 Putin's Russia
RUSS250 Tarkovsky's Passions
Member of the Penn Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies Group, Member of the Graduate Groups of the Departments of History of Art, Comparative Literature and Literary Theory, English, and History. Affiliated faculty in Cinema Studies and Gender, Sexuality and Women's Studies. Trustee of the European University at St. Petersburg. Past president of the American Association of Teachers of Russian and East European Languages. Member of International Advisory Board, School of Advanced Studies, University of Tyumen, Russian Federation.