Nicholas K. Kupensky

Affiliation: Russian
Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in Russian
scholar of Soviet Cultural Studies, his research investigates the intersection of aesthetics, economics, and politics in Russia, Ukraine, and the United States. His book manuscript, Beyond the Rapids: The Art and Politics of the Dnieper Hydroelectric Station, explores the art, cinema, and literature about the construction - and destruction - of the first major Soviet building project in southern Ukraine. Also a specialist in Carpatho-Rusyn Studies, he recently launched an initiative in the digital and public humanities, The Emil Kubek Project, which researches and publishes the stories of Slavic immigrants who worked in America's mining industry.
Nicholas K. Kupensky


  • BA Comparative Humanities, Russian, English, Bucknell
  • MPhil Slavic Languages and Literatures, Yale
  • PhD Slavic Languages and Literatures, Yale