Katya Jordan

Assistant Professor, German & Russian

3115 JFSB


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Teaching Experience

I teach Russian Literature and upper-division Langauge courses.


My area of specialization is Russian literature and culture from the nineteenth century to the present. Her current research focuses on literary journalism during the Era of Great Reforms. My other interests include: Russian modernity and construction of national/cultural identity; comparative periodical studies in Imperial period (journals, publication, and censorship); Dostoevsky, the journalist; early women’s literary journalism; contextual studies; theories of silence; visual & spatial aspects of literary representation (ekphrasis, hierotopy, iconicity).

Selected Publications

“A Crochet Needle Vs. A Quill Pen: Negotiating Fashion and Education in 19th-c. Russian Women’s Press,” Australian Slavonic and East European Studies, vol. 33 (2019), pp. 29-56.
“Cutting the Umbilical Cord: Patriarchy and the Family Metaphor in Turgenev’s Virgin Soil,” Journal of Language, Literature and Culture, vol. 66, no. 2 (2019), pp. 1-16.
“Between Aestheticism and Populism: The Purpose of Art in Mamin-Sibiriak’s Shooting Stars,” Slavic and East-European Journal, vol. 62, no.1 (Spring 2018), pp. 183–201.
“Russian Wanderer in the Post-Soviet Space: Homelessness in Ilichevsky’s Matisse,” Canadian-American Slavic studies. Revue canadienne-américaine d’études slaves, vol. 51, no. 4 (January 2017), pp. 481-501.
“The Meek One and Her Icon: Hodegetria’s Presence in Dostoevsky’s ‘Krotkaia,’” Toronto Slavic Quarterly 56 (2016).
“Dunia’s Progress, Samson’s Decline, and Pushkin’s Modernity: Decrypting the German Pictures in ‘The Stationmaster,”‘ Ulbandus Review, no. 15 (2013), pp. 59-79.


Academic service is an integral part of my work. I’ve served in various capacites in local, national, and international organizations.

Citizenship assignments

My current citizenship assignments include:
Member, Reader Advisory Board, North-American Dostoevsky Society (NADS), invited, July 2019 – present.
Member, Editorial Committee, College of Humanities, Brigham Young University, September 2016 – present.
Member, College Art Committee, College of Humanities, Brigham Young University, October 2015 – present.
Newsletter Editor, Russian Section, Department of German and Russian, Brigham Young University, October 2017 – present.
Web Page Coordinator, Russian Section, Department of German and Russian, Brigham Young University, May 2016 – present.

Professional Website

https://hcommons.org/members/katyajordan/ ORCid Twitter