Alice Underwood

Alice Underwood

CDDRL Pre-doctoral Fellow, 2018-19
Encina Hall, C147
616 Serra Street
Stanford, CA 94305-6055

Research Interests

Late-Soviet and contemporary Russia; legal definitions of citizenship; intersection of culture and politics; satire and political commentary; gender politics; Russia's 'national idea'


Alice graduated from Harvard with an A.B. in Slavic Literatures and Cultures and a secondary field in Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, bridging the two with her honors thesis on social and political attitudes toward gay pride parades in Moscow in the 2000s. After a trans-Siberian jaunt with stops in Omsk, Ekaterinburg, and Moscow, Alice began her doctorate in Comparative Literature at Stanford. Her research focuses on intersections between political discourse and cultural trends, from the implications of Lenin’s corpse remaining on Red Square to legislative decisions that reflect or entrench elements of Russian culture. She was a Title VIII Research Fellow at the Woodrow Wilson Center’s Kennan Institute during the summer of 2017. Her writing on Russian politics and culture can be found on the Jordan Center’s All the Russias blog, the Kennan Institute’s Russia File, Intersection, and Russian Life. While she specializes in Russian, she is also fluent in Spanish and conversational in Czech.