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Lucey, Colleen M
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Colleen Lucey, Ph.D., is Associate Professor of Russian and Slavic Studies at the University of Arizona and an affiliated member of the Second Language Acquisition and Teaching interdisciplinary PhD program, the Human Rights Practice Program, and the Institute for LGBT Studies. She earned a B.A. in Russian from Barnard College and an M.A. and Ph.D. in Slavic Languages and Literatures from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Her research and teaching interests lie at the intersection of nineteenth-century Russian culture, gender and sexuality studies, terrorism and literature, and Russian language pedagogy. She is the author of Love for Sale: Representing Prostitution in Imperial Russia (NIU Series, Cornell University Press, 2021), which won the American Association of Teachers of Slavic and East European Languages (AATSEEL) Best First Book Award. Her articles have appeared in a variety of journals, including Folklorica, The Russian Review, The Russian Language Journal, and Slavic and East European Journal. Her current book project examines the image of Russian and East European women terrorists in nineteenth- and early twentieth-century fiction, art, and drama.


Dr. Lucey's research has been supported by the Title VIII Research Scholar Program, the U.S.-Russia Peer-to-Peer Dialogue Program, and the Foreign Language & Area Studies Program. She previously served as Vice President on AATSEEL's Executive Council (2020-2023), as a member on the ACTR (American Council of Teachers of Russian) Board of Directors (2020-2022), as co-director of the REEES Think Tank (2019-2023), and on the ALTA (American Literary Translators Association) Board of Directors (2020-2023). 


Select Publications


Love for Sale: Representing Prostitution in Imperial Russia. NIU Series in Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies, Cornell University Press, 2021.

Peer-reviewed Articles and Chapters

Building Networks of Support for Students of Color in Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies: Lessons from Minority Serving Institutions,” SEEJ 64.4 (Winter 2020): 586-589.


"Oral History in the Russian Language Curriculum: A Transformative Experience." Chapter co-authored with Benjamin Rifkin and Benjamin Jens, The Art of Teaching Russian, eds. Evgeny Dengub, Irina Dubinina, and Jason Merrill, 211-230. Washington, D.C.: Georgetown University Press, 2020.

"Fallen but Charming Creatures: The Demimondaine in Russian Literature and Visual Culture of the 1860s." The Russian Review 78, no. 1 (Jan. 2019): 103-121.

"Borscht, Bliny, and Burritos: The Benefits of Peer-to-Peer Experiential Learning through Food." Article co-written with Naomi Caffee, Russian Language Journal 68 (Dec. 2018): 33-54. 

"The Hunt for an Eternal Legacy: Putin and the Vampire Legend in Modern Russia." Article co-written with Melissa Miller, Folklorica 22 (2018): 25-56.

"Violence, Murder, and Fallen Women: Prostitution in the Works of Vsevolod Garshin." Canadian Slavonic Papers 58, no. 4 (Dec. 2016): 362-85.

Language Textbooks:

Russian Folktales: A Reader for Students of Russian, 2nd Edition, co-authored with Jason Merrill. Hackett Publishing, 2016. 190 pages. 


About That, Which Did Not Happen: An Annotated Russian Reader, co-authored with Evgeny Dengub and Petia Alexieva. iLearnRussian Publishers, 2015. 73 pages. 



"Another Look: Eugene Onegin with Shawna Lucey and Dr. Colleen Lucey" for Santa Fe Opera (July 2021).

"Oral History Projects for Language Students" interview for the podcast We Teach Languages (Oct. 2018). 

Interview and Q&A with Pussy Riot's Nadya Tolokonnikova, University of Arizona Humanities Festival (Oct. 3, 2017).