Kevin M.F. Platt

Edmund J. and Louise W. Kahn Term Professor in the Humanities

Graduate Chair 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 Border Conditions: Russian Latvians and the Shards of History, a study of history and memory in Soviet and post-Soviet Russia, and a study of global cultural exchange in the twentieth century. 

Office Location

754 Williams Hall

Office Hours

Th 2-4






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Selected Publications

Courses Taught

Fall 2021 Courses

REES 191.401 Putin's Russia

REES/COML/ENGL 649.401 Socialist and Post-Socialist Worlds


Spring 2022 Courses

REES155/655 Masterpieces of 20th Century Russian Literature

REES503 Introduction to Russian and East European Studies II