Michael Kunichika, Ph.D. 2007

Dissertation: The Penchant for the Primitive: Archaeology, Ethnography, and the Aesthetics of Russian Modernism

After Berkeley, Michael Kunichika taught at Amherst College, New York University, and Harvard. In 2015-16, he was a Visiting Fellow at Princeton’s Institute for Advanced Study.

He is currently Associate Professor in Russian and Film and Media Studies at Amherst and the Director of Amherst’s Center for Russian Culture.

His research interests include Russian modernism, with a particular emphasis on the relationship between painting and literature; Russian cinema and visual culture; literary theory, rhetoric, and Russian archeology.

His first book, “Our Native Antiquity”: Archaeology and Aesthetics in the Culture of Russian Modernism was published by the Academic Studies Press in 2015.

For more, see https://www.amherst.edu/people/facstaff/mkunichika