Back to top

Leah Feldman

Comparative Literature
Headshot of Leah Feldman

Leah Feldman is Associate Professor and Director of Graduate Studies in the Department of Comparative Literature and Theater and Performance Studies. Her research explores ethno-nationalism, empire, anticolonial thought, queer embodiment, and affect through the formation and collapse of the Soviet empire from the vantage of the Caucasus and Central Asia.

She is the author of On the Threshold of Eurasia: Orientalism and Revolutionary Aesthetics in the Caucasus (Cornell 2018) and a forthcoming art book, Azbuka Strikes Back: An Anticolonial ABCs, with the artist collective Slavs and Tatars. She is co-editor the special boundary2 issue Crisis to Catastrophe: Lineages of the Global New Right.

She is currently co-editing an anthology of anticolonial thought and working on a new monograph, Feeling Collapse, which explores waning attachments to internationalist feelings amid the collapse of the Soviet empire and how performance art, film and theatre in the Caucasus and Central Asia shaped alternative politics and publics.