Eliot Borenstein

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Eliot Borenstein is a Professor of Russian and Slavic Studies and Collegiate Professer at New York University. Educated at Oberlin College (B.A., 1988) and the University of Wisconsin, Madison (M.A., 1989, Ph.D., 1993), Mr. Borenstein was an Assistant Professor at the University of Virginia (1993-95) before taking an appointment at NYU in 1995.

His early publications dealt largely with issues of sexuality and masculinity in Slavic literature. Men Without Women: Masculinity and Revolution in Russian Fiction, 1917-1929 (Duke UP, 2000), which was an outgrowth of his dissertation, won the 2001 award for best book in literature or cultural scholarship from the American Association of Teachers of Slavic and East European Languages.

Mr. Borenstein’s current research on popular culture is a natural outgrowth of his earlier studies, and his publications are often a melding of the two. Overkill: Sex and Violence in Contemporary Russian Popular Culture (Cornell UP, 2008), which won the award for best book in women’s studies or gender studies from the Association of Women in Slavic Studies, and “Iteration through Innovation: Russian Popular Culture Today,” which he edited with Mark Lipovetsy and Elena Baraban and published in Slavic and East European Journal (48, No. 1 [2004]), are but two examples.   He is currently at work on two projects:  Russia’s Alien Nations: Imagining the Other after Socialism, and Catastrophe of the Week: Apocalyptic Entertainment in Post-Soviet Russia.

Among his many honors are a Mellon Fellowship (1988-90), IREX grants (1997, 2000), NYU’s Goddard Fellowship (1999) and Golden Dozen Teaching Awards (1999, 2005), a Fulbright Fellowship (1999) for study in Moscow, an SSRC Eurasia Fellowship (2002), and a Guggenheim Fellowship (2009).

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Articles by Eliot Borenstein

Researching Russian Conspiracy Theories in the Age of Trump

A funny thing happened to me while I was writing my book on conspiracy theory and contemporary Russia: my obscure little corner of Russian cultural studies suddenly threatened to become relevant. I started working on this topic somewhere during the George W. Bush presidency, but it took far too many years until I could hang up my own personal “Mission Accomplished” banner.  

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The Strange Resurrection of Arkady Babchenko

Babchenko isn’t dead. Why do I feel so weird about that?

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The Americans: “Take Your Daughter to Work” Day

Previously, on the Walking Dead…

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The Americans:  The Marriage Plot against America

Even if our heroes survive the season, their future looks bleak.

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Was Putin targeting Jews?

Semantics, not anti-Semitism, may be behind Putin’s gaffe.

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Boys Just Want to Have Fun: Just How Queer are the “Satisfaction” Videos?

The Satisfaction supporters are definitely fighting for something, but it is not LGBT rights

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Enabling Russian Paranoia: A Response to Thomas Weber

We may not be colluding with Russia, but we are handing over propaganda victories free of charge

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Matt Taibbi’s Not-So-Secret Russian Past

Like the clueless expats they loathed, the editors treated Moscow and its residents as their playground.

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Ksenia Sobchak; or, Who Gets to Lose to Putin in 2018?

Russia could do a lot worse than Ksenia Sobchak.  In fact, most countries currently are (not everyone gets to be Canada).

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Is “fake news” fake news?

We are in a panic about the very means that are used to spread panic.

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Blaming Russia

Blaming Russia lets us off the hook.

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Change is coming to All The Russias

I am stepping away from most of my editorial duties for the blog

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Talking with Geoff Cebula, Author of “Adjunct”

I knew from the beginning that I didn’t want her to be a Slavist.

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Cringe-Watching: Oliver Stone’s The Putin Interviews

Watching Stone question Putin and, worse, try to make small-talk, is simply embarrassing.

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The Ballad of Sonya and Louie: An Immigrant Story

I had thought my family was Russian, but then when I went to college, I found out we were just Jews.

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Hulk Smash Stupid Russia Theories

Monocausal explanations have the virtue of catchiness and the vice of absurdity.

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In Defense of Russia’s Holocaust on Ice

Has “Springtime for Hitler” finally met its match?

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American Fascism: Lessons from Russia

Putin is not a fascist, in part because he does not need to be. Trump ran a consistently fascist campaign.

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Russia vs. PornHub: Lie Back and Think of the Motherland

Apparently, people would rather do anything else—watch porn, have gay sex—than engage in heterosexual intercourse.

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PokéMaidan, or, How to Start a Moral Panic in Russia

Pokémon Go troubles the Russian media imagination because it represents the return of the repressed.

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