Kevin M.F. Platt

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

Office Location

754 Williams Hall






CV (file)

Selected Publications

Blog Post: "Getting One Thing Straight: “Postmodernists” Are Not the Problem," All the Russias, the NYU Jordan Center for the Advanced Study of Russia, August 8, 2018.

Essay: “The Slow Onset of Catastrophe in the Russian Summer,” Brooklyn Rail, September, 2017.


Hit Parade: The ORBITA Group

Artur Punte, Vladimir Svetlov, Sergej Timofejev, Semyon Khanin

Kevin M. F. Platt, editor and lead translator

Ugly Duckling Presse, 2015

Terror and Greatness: Ivan and Peter as Russian Myths 

Kevin M. F. Platt

Cornell University Press, 2011

History in a Grotesque Key: Russian Literature and the Idea of Revolution

Kevin M. F. Platt

Stanford University Press, 1997



Epic Revisionism: Russian History and Literature as Stalinist Propaganda

Edited by Kevin M. F. Platt and David Brandenberger

University of Wisconsin Press, 2005


Courses Taught

Spring 2019 Courses

RUSS155 Masterpieces of 20th -Century Russian Literature

RUSS165/EEUR165Russian and East European Film after World War II