Kevin M.F. Platt
Edmund J. and Louise W. Kahn Term Professor in the Humanities
Kevin Platt’s research examines representations of Russian history and historiography, history and memory in Russia, Russian lyric poetry, and global post-Soviet Russian culture.
He is the author of Terror and Greatness: Ivan and Peter as Russian Myths and History in a Grotesque Key: Russian Literature and the Idea of Revolution. He is the editor of Global Russian Cultures and the co-editor of Epic Revisionism: Russian History and Literature as Stalinist Propaganda. He edited and contributed translations to Modernist Archaist: Selected Poems by Osip Mandelstam and edited Intimations: Selected Poetry by Anna Akhmatova.
Platt is the former chair of the graduate group in Comparative Literature and Literary Theory, and served as the topic director for the 2012-2013 Penn Humanities Forum theme “Peripheries.” Platt was a 2011-2012 Guggenheim Fellow and received CEC Artslink grants from 2009-2011. He was an Penn Arts & Sciences Weiler Faculty Research Fellow in 2005-2006. He is a member of the Penn Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies Group, and joined Penn’s faculty in 2002.