Dr. Benjamin M. Sutcliffe

Dr. Benjamin Sutcliffe

Professor of Russian

Chief Departmental Advisor for Russian
East European Club Advisor

Irvin Hall 148
(513) 529-1822


Fall '21 (202210)

Teaching in Luxembourgh this semester.

Send an email to set up an appointment via Zoom.



2004 - Ph.D. -  University of Pittsburgh, Philosophy in Slavic Languages and Literatures
Dissertation title: Engendering Byt: Russian Women Writers and Narratives of Everyday Life, 1962-2001.
Advisor: Helena Goscilo.

2004 - Ph.D. - University of Pittsburgh, Certificate in Cultural Studies

1999 - M.A. -  University of Pittsburgh, Slavic Languages and Literatures 

1996 - B.A. - Reed College, English Literature
Undergraduate thesis: Representation and Autonomy in Sergei Dovlatov’s Zona and Nevidimaia kniga.
Advisor: Charles Isenberg.


  • Contemporary Russian literature
  • The Russian novel
  • Russian language
  • Russian folklore
  • Studies of everyday life
  • Women’s prose
  • Georgian literature in Russian


  • RUS 201: Intermediate Russian
  • RUS 202: Intermediate Russian
  • RUS 301: Advanced Russian
  • RUS 302: Advanced Russian
  • RUS/ENG/HON 256: Russian Literature-Tolstoy to Nabokov
  • RUS/ENG/HON 257: Russian Literature in English Translation
  • RUS 301: Advanced Russian
  • RUS 302: Advanced Russian
  • RUS/HST 436: Havighurst Colloquium
  • POL 440/540: Havighurst Colloquium


  • Spring 2018, Spring 2010. Nomination, Outstanding Professor Award, Associated Student Goverment, Miami University.
  • Summer 2017. Summer Research Appointment, Committee on Faculty Research, Miami University.
  • Fall 2017, Fall 2016, Fall 2015, Spring 2015, Spring 2013, Fall 2012, Spring 2012, Fall 2010. Commendation for Influence on Students Center for Teaching Excellence (CTE), Miami University.


  • Summer 2018. National Council for Eurasian and East European Research Short-Term Travel Grant for research in Georgia.
  • Summer 2014. American Councils for International Education (ACIE) Title VIII Research Scholar Award for research in Moscow. 



  • Ludmila Ulitskaya and the Art of Tolerance, a monograph coauthored with Elizabeth Skomp (Sewanee, University of the South). Forward by Helena Goscilo. University of Wisconsin Press, 2015. 238 pages. Reviewed by Publishers Weekly, Choice, Slavic Review, Russian Review, Slovonic and Each Journal.
  • The Prose of Life: Russian Women's Writing from Khrushchev to Putin. University of Wisconsin Press, 2009. 208 pages. Selected for Mellon Slavic Studies Initiative. Selected by Choice as Outstanding Academic Title. Reviewed by Modern Language Review, Choice, a/b: Auto/Biography Studies, Slavic Review, Russian Review, Slavic and East European Journal, Canadian Slavonic Papers, Slavonica.


  • “Cake, Cabbage, and the Morality of Consumption in Iurii Trifonov’s House on the Embankment.” In Seasoned Socialism: Gender and Food in Late Soviet Everyday Life. Eds. Angela Brintlinger, Anastasia Lakhtikova, and Irina Glushchenko. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, forthcoming.
  • "Trifonov's Turkmenia: Optimism, Despair, and the Intelligentsia." In Borders and Beyond: Orient-Occident Crossings in Literature. Eds. Adam Bednarczyk, Magdalena Kubarek, Maciej Szatkowski. Wilmington: Vernon Press, 2018. 125-38.
  • "The Thin Present of Trifonov's Thaw: Time in Slaking the Thirst." Australian Slovonic and East European Studies. 30 (1-2) 2016. 1-21.
  • "Secular Victims, Religious Aggressors: Liudmila Ulitskaia's Muslims, Radical Islam, and the Russian Intelligentsia." Russian Review 74 (2015). 191-210.
  • "Everyday Life and the Ties that Bind in Liudmila Ulitskaia's Medea and Her Children." In Everyday Life in Russia: Subjectivities, Perspectives, and Lived Experience. Eds. David Ransel, Mary Cavender, Karen Petrone, Choi Chatterjee. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2015. 311-25.
  • "'Pravdy ne khvataet: Obitel' Z. Prilepina: documental'nost' i roman vospitaniia" ["The Truth is not Enough: Zakhar Prilepin's Monastery, Documentation and the Bildungsroman"]. Slovo. Journal of  Slavic Languages, Literatures and Culture 55 (2014). 190-213.
  • "Iurii Trifonov's Students: Body, Place, and Life in Late Stalinism." Toronto Slavic Quarterly 48 (2014). 207-29. http://sites.utoronto.ca/tsq/48/tsq48_sutcliffe.pdf
  • "Mother, Daughter, History: Embodying the Past in Liudmila Ulitskaia" Sonechka and The Case of Kukotskii." Slavic and East European Journal 4 (2009). 606-22.
  • "Liudmila Ulitskaia's Literature of Tolerance." Russian Review 68 (2009). 495-509.


  • "Sincerity i the Material World: Iurii Trifonov Confronts Consumerism." The Body of Things: Gender, Material Culture and Design in (Post) Soviet Russian. Aarhus, Denmark. March 8-9, 2018.
  • "Trifonov's Orient: Optimism, Despair, and Ambivalence in Turkmenia." Orient in Literature, Literature of the Orient: Borders and Borderlands. Torun, Poland. March 23-24, 2017.
  • "Body, Idealism, and Moral Compromise in Trifonov's Prose." Association for Teachers of Slavic and East European Languages (AATSEEL). San Francisco, CA. February 3-5, 2017.
  • "Cake, Cabbage, and the Morality of Consumption in Iurii Trifonov's Dom na naberezhnoi." Statehood and its Discontents. Havighurst Center for Russian and Post-Soviet Studies at Vilnius University. Nilnius, Lithuania. June 15-18, 2016.
  • “The Thin Present of Trifonov’s Thaw: Time in Slaking the Thirst.” Association for the Study of Nationalities, New York, NY. April 14-16, 2016.
  • Ludmila Ulitskaya and the Art of Tolerance. Book presentation panel with Elizabeth Skomp. World Congress of the International Council for Central and East European Studies. Chiba, Japan. August 2-8, 2015.
  • “Periphery, Despair, Forgiveness: Central Asia in Iurii Trifonov’s Taking Stock and Liudmila Ulitskaia’s Medea and Her Children.” Writing the Past/Righting Memory. Havighurst Center for Russian and Post-Soviet Studies. Cuma, Italy. May 31-June 3, 2015.
  • “Apokalipsis i nadezhda: L.E. Ulitskaia i nasledie zhenskoi prozy” ["Apocalypse and Hope: Liudmila Ulitskaia and the Legacy of Women’s Prose"]. Dvadtsat’ piat’ let postsovetskoi literatury. Kakie izmeneniia proizoshli? [Twenty-Five Years of Post-Soviet Literature, Which Changes Have Occurred?]. Centre d’études franco-russe de Moscou. Moscow, Russia. January 26-27, 2015.
  • "Everyday Life in Russia Past and Present." Association for Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies (ASEEES). San Antonio, TX. November 20-23, 2014.


  • “Ulitskaia and Her Children: Family Chronicle and Soviet Trauma.” Introduction to Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies. Miami University. November 6, 2014.
  • "For Khodorkovsky, Against Capitalism: The Strange Case of Liudmila Ulitskaia." Havighurst Colloquium. Havighurst Center for Russian and Post-Soviet Studies. April 1, 2013.
  • "Slavic and Gender Studies: An Uneasy Relationship." Graduate Introduction to Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies. Miami University. November 1, 2012.



  • Russian (near-native reading, speaking, listening, and writing)
  • French (advanced reading and intermediate speaking)
  • German (intermediate reading and speaking)
  • Bulgarian (intermediate reading)