Elise Thorsen is a Ph.D. candidate in Slavic Languages & Literatures at the University of Pittsburgh. She graduated with a B.A. in Russian Studies from the College of William & Mary in 2006 and acquired an M.A. in Russian Literature in 2009. Her dissertation research deals with early Russian poetic representations of Soviet territory and geographic diversity, specifically as a means of negotiating disrupted imperial subjectivity. Additional research interests include other areas of Russian and Soviet poetry, such as Nekrasov or the New Peasant School; and silent and Stalinist Russian cinema.