Associate Professor of Comparative Literature, Russian and Slavic Studies
Affiliation: NYU New York
Education: PhD Harvard; BA Harvard;
Research Areas: comparative literature
Cristina Vatulescu received her PhD in Comparative Literature from Harvard in 2005 and came to NYU after a year as a Junior Fellow at the Harvard Society of Fellows. She is the author of Police Aesthetics: Literature, Film and The Secret Police, a study of the relationships between cultural and policing practices in twentieth-century Eastern Europe, was published by Stanford University Press. Taking advantage of the partial opening of the secret police archives in Russia and Romania, Police Aesthetics focuses on their most infamous holdings—the personal files—as well as on the agency's less known involvement with cinema. Two articles stemming from this project, "Arresting Biographies: The Secret Police File in The Soviet Union and Romania," and "Politics of Estrangement: Tracking Shklovsky's Device in Literary and Policing Practices" have been published in Comparative Literature and Poetics Today. Vatulescu is currently working on a project entitled Archival Revolutions: Document, Fiction, Medium. She is also at work co-editing The Svetlana Boym Reader.