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About Cassio de Oliveira

Cassio de Oliveira is an Assistant Professor of Russian in the Department of World Languages and Literatures. Prior to coming to Portland State, he taught at Vanderbilt University, Dickinson College, and the University of Arizona. At Portland State, Cassio teaches courses in Russian language, literature, and culture, especially film.  
Cassio’s research interests include Soviet literature from the 1920s and 1930s, Russian film, and translation studies. He is currently at work on a book manuscript, provisionally entitled Writing Rogues: Collective and Individual Identity-Formation in the Soviet Picaresque, 1921-1938, in which he analyzes the emergence of the picaresque mode in Soviet literature of the NEP era and High Stalinism. He has published articles in Canadian Slavonic Papers, Slavonica, and Studies in Slavic Cultures, among other venues. Among other community activities, he has led a one-day seminar on the history of the Russian space program for high school students, and he co-taught a four-day introduction to Russian language and culture to school-age kids in the summer of 2013. 
A native of Brazil, Cassio earned his undergraduate degree at Bard College, in New York State, where he first started studying Russian. On his first semester there, he picked a seminar on Russian literature in translation in order to fulfill a divisional requirement. He enrolled in a Russian language course the next semester, and, before you could finish saying Здравствуйте, he had made the decision to major in Russian. 

Positions

2016 - Present Assistant Professor, Portland State University World Languages and Literatures
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2015 - 2016 Lecturer in Russian, Vanderbilt University ‐ Germanic and Slavic Studies
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2014 - 2015 Visiting Assistant Professor of Russian, Dickinson College ‐ Department of Russian
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Grants

2018 - 2018 Writing Rogues: Collective and Individual Identity-Formation in the Soviet Picaresque, 1921-1938
National Endowment for the Humanities
NEH Summer Stipend
Role: PI
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Education

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2014 PhD, Yale University ‐ Slavic Languages and Literatures
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2008 M.A., Yale University ‐ Slavic Languages and Literatures
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2005 B.A., Bard College ‐ Russian and Eurasian Studies
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Publications (7)

Recent Works (5)

Research Works (2)