Edith W. Clowes is the Brown-Forman Professor of Slavic Languages and Literatures at the University of Virginia. She just moved from the University of Kansas where she taught for almost 14 years and served four years as the director of the Center for Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies. Her primary research and teaching interests span the interactions between literature, philosophy, religion, and utopian thought. Among her recent book-length publications are an interdisciplinary examination of post-Soviet Russian identity, Russia on the Edge: Imagined Geography and Post-Soviet Identity (Cornell, 2011); a discursive history of Russian philosophy, Fiction’s Overcoat: Russian Literary Culture and the Question of Philosophy (Cornell, 2004); and an editorial collaboration, Sbornik “Vekhi” v kontekste russkoi kul’tury (Moscow: Nauka, 2007). She has also done research on the borders between Russian society, culture, and business, most recently realized in the Russian translation of an editorial collaboration, Kupecheskaia Moskva: Obrazy ushedshei rossiiskoi burzhuazii (Moscow: ROSSPEN, 2007). Edith has won over $2.8 million in institutional grants and over her career has garnered about $250,000 in personal research grants, including a NEH, ACLS, IREX, and others.
Edith spends her free time at the tennis court. She also enjoys hiking and skiing and likes playing board games, especially Scrabble and backgammon, and spending q. t. with her cat, Popcorn. Because she can't eat chocolate, she gives all her chocolate to Eve Levin and chooses
Department of Slavic Languages & Literatures
University of Virginia
P.O. Box 400783
Charlottesville, VA 22904-4783