William Nickell

Assistant Professor

Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures, and the College

William Nickell’s research is focused on Russian cultural history. His extensive writing on Leo Tolstoy includes his 2010 book The Death of Tolstoy: Russia on the Eve, Astapovo Station, 1910. He is presently writing “A Companion to Tolstoy’s War and Peace,” as well as coauthoring a volume on the private documents of the Tolstoy family. His research in Soviet cultural history has led him to the study of Soviet sanitoria, as well as the technological and economic undercurrents that shape Russian and Western culture.

Nickell was the Gary Licker Endowed Research Chair in Cowell College and Lecturer in Russian, University of California, Santa Cruz (UCSC), from 2007 to 2011 and was the recipient of several grants, including UCSC Professional Development Grants, the UC Language Consortium Grant for Russian media development, and the IREX Short Term Travel Grant.

Nickell received his PhD in Slavic literatures and his MA in Russian literature from the University of California, Berkeley, in 1998 and 1992 respectively. He earned his BA in Russian language from Washington University in St. Louis in 1986.

Nickell joined the University of Chicago faculty in 2011.

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