Tomi Haxhi

Tomi Haxhi


Ph.D. Columbia University, Russian Literature (ongoing)

M.Phil. Columbia University, Russian Literature with Film minor (2019)

M.A. Slavic Languages & Literatures, University of Toronto (2015)

B.A. Honours Russian & Slavic Studies, McGill University (2013)


  • Russian literature
  • Soviet and post-Soviet film
  • SF and speculative fiction
  • Utopia, apocalypse, the end of history
  • Gender, sexuality, the body
  • Humanism and post-humanism

Conference Presentations

“After the Fall: Bio- and Human Diversity under Ecological Collapse in Late Soviet SF Cinema,” ASEEES, forthcoming November 2021

"Superhuman After All: Posthumanist Exceptionalism in the Strugatskys’ Noon Universe," ASEEES, November 2020

"Pelevin's Pygmalion and the Sex Robot That Came to Life: The Art of Artifice in S.N.U.F.F." ASEEES, November 2019

  • Organized panel "In/animate: Post-Humanism and the Problem of Agency in Russian Literature"

"Lady Chatterley's Lover and the Russian Attitude toward Sex: From Tolstoyan Abstinence to Soviet Sexlessness," AATSEEL, February 2019

"Wajda's Kanał and the Ethics of Representation: Limits of Representability and Grievability," NESEEES, April 2018

"On the Threshold of Being: Political and Ontological Borders in Platonov's Dzhan," Midwest Slavic Conference, March 2018

"Face to Face: Ethics of Self and Other in Larisa Shepitko's You and Me," Canadian Association of Slavists (CAS) Conference, May 2017

"Schismatic Temporalities: Raskolnikov and the Raskolniki," Crime and Punishment at 150 (University of British Columbia), November 2016


Translation: “‘Moskva-Berlin, Berlin-Moskau, 1900–1950’: Memory and Forgetting,” by Oksana Bulgakowa, The Russian Review, forthcoming.

Translation: "Nature, Hares, and Nikolay Nekrasov: The Poetics and Economics of Russian Ecocriticism," by Andrey Fedotov and Pavel Uspenskij, The Russian Review, forthcoming.

Translation: "Symbolism in Early Russian Cinema and the Ghostwriter Aleksandr Kursinskii," by Anna Kovalova and Arina Ranneva, The Russian Review 79.3 (2020), 366-388.

Book review: "Making Martyrs: The Language of Sacrifice in Russian Culture from Stalin to Putin," by Yuliya Minkova, Slavic and East European Journal 63.3 (2019).

Book review: "Devastation and Laughter: Satire, Power, and Culture in the Early Soviet State, 1920s-1930s," by Annie Gérin, Canadian Slavonic Papers 61.4 (2019).


As instructor of record:

  • Second-year Russian II, spring 2020
  • Second-year Russian I, fall 2019
  • First-year Russian II, spring 2019
  • First-year Russian I, fall 2018

As teaching assistant:

  • Tolstoy & Dostoevsky (taught by Liza Knapp), Columbia University, spring 2018
  • Slavic Cultures (taught by Alan Timberlake), Columbia University, fall 2017
  • Elementary Russian II (taught by Roman Tashlitskyy), University of Toronto, winter 2015
  • Elementary Russian I (taught by Amber Aulen), University of Toronto, fall 2014


Albanian, Russian, French