Alumni Profile

Irina Kuznetsova

Graduate Alumni 2012


Irina received her Ph.D. in German Studies in 2012. Her dissertation is a comparative literary and cultural-studies project, entitled “The Possessed: The Demonic in German and Russian Literature in the Late Nineteenth and Early Twentieth Centuries.”

During her graduate school at UVA Irina developed and taught literature seminars both in English and in German. She also received several research and study grants: Baden-Württemberg Scholarship, Clay Endowment Fellowship, DAAD Scholarship, Lynne and Harry Bradley Foundation Fellowship. In 2011 Irina won AATG-German Quarterly Graduate Student Paper Award for the best research paper by a graduate student in German Studies for her article "The Possessed: The Demonic and Demonized East and West in Thomas Mann’s Der Zauberberg and Dostoevsky's Demons," which appeared in German Quarterly in 2012. Parallel to her studies at the German Department, Irina worked for the Center for Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies at UVA. She currently works as a Senior Lecturer at the New Economic School, a renowned private graduate school in Moscow.