Chadaga’s work brings together such fields as Russian literature from the 18th
century up through the present day, visual art, architecture, film, material culture, and
the history of science. She has written and published on topics that include the
relationship between religious discourse and electric light in the early Soviet period;
mirrors as windows on Russian culture; illusion and ideology in Soviet subterranean
spaces; and aviation as a source for the visual experiments of the Russian avant-garde. 

EDUCATION: B.A., Wesleyan University; Ph.D. Harvard University. 

Chadaga has been teaching at Macalester since 2006. 



No Mere Reflection: Mirrors as Windows on Russian Culture, Studies in Twentieth-and Twenty-First Century Literature (2010)


Contributions to Books


From Lenin's Tomb to Avtovo Station: Illusion and Spectacle in Soviet Subterranean Space, Rites of Place: Public Commemoration in Russia and Eastern Europe (2013)


Invited Talk: Suspending the Bomb: War and Peace in Russian Protest Art, Protest and Counterculture in Contemporary Russia (2014)

Fight the Power with a Feminist Wedge: The Gender Dynamics of Russian Protest Art, Association for Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies Conference (2013)

The Scene of the Crime: Policing, Performance, and Political Humor in Contemporary Russia, ASEEES (Association for Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies), (2012)


Embracing Stars: On the Corporeal Qualities of Russian Glass, Objects of Affection: Towards a Materiology of Emotion (2012)

Nabokov’s Artful Criminals, AATSEEL (American Association of Teachers of Slavic and East European Languages) (2012)