• Valentina B. Izmirlieva

    Associate Professor of Slavic Languages
    Slavic Languages
    708 Hamilton Hall, Mail Code: 5700
    MS 4-3941


    Ph.D. University of Chicago, 1999. Valentina Izmirlieva is a scholar of Balkan and Russian religious cultures with a strong background in critical theory and intellectual history. Two areas of specialization represent the scope of her teaching interests: the religious culture of the Orthodox Slavs with an emphasis on the medieval and early modern periods, and literary Modernism and Postmodernism with a focus on Vladimir Nabokov. Much of her research addresses cultural transfers among Christians, Jews, and Muslims in the context of multi-religious empires. She is the author of All the Names of the Lord: Lists, Mysticism, and Magic (Chicago University Press, 2008).  She was the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Fellow of the Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers at the New York Public Library for 2012-2013. There she worked on her new book The Christian Hajjis: Mobility and Status in the Late Ottoman Empire. Among her upcoming articles related to her book project is “The Title Hajji and the Ottoman Vocabulary of Pilgrimage” to appear in the next issue of The Modern Greek Studies Yearbook.