Zhivka Valiavicharska

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Assistant Professor Social Science & Cultural Studies zvaliavi@pratt.edu 718.636.3586 p Brooklyn Campus, DeKalb Hall 318

Current Course Listing (3)

21/FA-SS-225-01 Symposium I

21/FA-SS-320-02 Gender and Capitalism

21/FA-SS-320-03 Gender and Capitalism


Ph.D., Rhetoric, University of California, Berkeley, 2011; M.A., Modern Art History and Theory, School of the Art Institute Chicago, 2005; B.A. and M.A., Art History, National Academy of Arts, Sofia, 1999


Zhivka Valiavicharska joined Pratt Institute as Assistant Professor of Political and Social Theory. She works in the fields of modern political and social theory, critical theory, postcolonial studies, gender and sexuality, and Russian and East-European studies.

Valiavicharska's research studies various aspects of socialism and postsocialism in Eastern Europe and the Balkans with a focus on the history of political thought. Drawing on work from cultural studies, intellectual and social history, gender and sexuality, and the anthropology of socialism and postsocialism, her work aims to recover the dynamic history of political ideas and social movements during the socialist era in Eastern Europe, showing how these continually reconfigured the landscape of ideas and social struggles in the West and the formerly colonized countries. She is currently completing a book manuscript, Restless History, which examines the rise of Marxist humanism and its contradictory political legacies during the post-Stalinist period, drawing links between the anti-Stalinist movements and the emergence of ethnonationalsim, the feminist movements and the biopolitics of the post-Stalinist states.

Valiavicharska has also written on Lenin, Althusser, and Marcuse, on gender and social reproduction in the 1970s, and on different aspects of political life and material culture in late socialist and postsocialist Eastern Europe. Her work has been published in journals and edited volumes, including Theory and Event, boundary 2, Kritika: Explorations in Russian and Eurasian History, Interventions: An International Journal of Postcolonial Studies, DVersia, and more. Future projects include a study of the land communes and social movements influenced by the work of Russian writer and social thinker Lev Tolstoy, and their history and legacy in Bulgaria, Russia, and Eastern Europe throughout the twentieth century.

While at Pratt Institute, Valiavicharska has been teaching courses on critical theory, modern political thought, and gender and sexuality (please note that some course descriptions appearing on the website are not authored or current). She is also the coordinator of the interdisciplinary minor in Gender and Sexuality. Before coming to Pratt, she was a Harper-Schmidt Fellow in the Society of Fellows at the University of Chicago.