Matthew Mangold

Matthew Mangold

Matthew Mangold

Postdoctoral Fellow

Russian: 19th and 20th century Russian literature, Soviet and Russian film, Russian and European culture, medical history, environmental studies, space and place in literature, literary and critical theory, Russian language and culture through media

Current Research

My research bears primarily on modern Russian literature, with a focus on the roles of the environment, psychology, and medicine in nineteenth century prose. I am currently writing my first book, Chekhov’s Environmental Psychology: Medicine and Literature, which situates Anton Chekhov’s creative work in the contexts of medical history and environmental thought. I have published articles on Lev Tolstoy, Fyodor Dostoevsky, Chekhov, and Dmitry Grigorovich that consider the psychology of spatial experience these authors explored in their writing. I also research Russian film and media.

Selected Publications

"Chekhov and Medicine: the Mind-Body Problem" in Chekhov in Context, edited by Yuri Corrigan. Cambridge University Press (forthcoming). 

“Chekhov’s Environmental Psychology: Medicine and the Early Prose,” Slavic Review, 79.4 (2020): 709-30.

“Letters, Dreams, and Their Environments” in Chekhov’s Letters, edited by Carol Apollonio and Radislav Lapushin, 247-52. New York: Lexington Books, 2018.'s-Letters-Biography-Context-Poetics

“Space and Storytelling in Late Imperial Russia: Chekhov, Tolstoy, and the Question of Property,” The Russian Review 76.1 (2017): 72-94.

“Chekhovskoe nabliudenie: sub”ektivnost’ i ob”ektivnost’ v rannikh proizvedeniiakh Chekhova” in Ckekhovskaia karta mira, edited by A. A. Zhuravleva and V. B. Kataev, 496-504. Moscow: Melikhovo, 2015.

Grants and Fellowships

Inclusive Excellence Curriculum Enhancement Grant, George Mason University

Serve-Learn-Sustain Grant, Immigration and Social Justice in Atlanta, Georgia Institute of Technology

Postdoctoral Research Fellowship, Higher School of Economics, Moscow

Mellon-Council for European Studies Dissertation Completion Fellowship

Mellon Dissertation Fellowship, Rutgers University (declined)

Critical Language Scholarship, U.S. Department of State, American Councils, Resident Director, Nizhny Novgorod, Russia

Dodge-Lawrence Fellowship, Norton and Nancy Dodge Collection, Zimmerli Art Museum, Rutgers University

Mellon Research Fellowship, Rutgers University, Dostoevsky Museum, St. Petersburg, Russia

Critical Language Scholarship, U.S. Department of State, American Councils, Vladimir, Russia

Courses Taught

Crime and Psychology in Nineteenth Century Russian Literature RUSS 326

War and Peace RUSS 325

Twentieth Century Russian Literature and Human Life RUSS 327

Russian Civilization: Media, Technologies, Ideas RUSS 353

Nineteenth Century Russian Literature and Social Change RUSS 326

Soviet and Russian Film: Innovation and Ideology RUSS 470


Ph.D., Program in Comparative Literature, Rutgers University

B.A. in the History of Science and Philosophy, St. John’s College, Annapolis

Recent Presentations

“Chekhov’s Suggestive Prose” Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München, Munich (2021, invited lecture)

“Chekhov’s Environmental Psychology: Space and the Mind in ‘The Steppe’” New York University (2019, invited lecture)

“Intercultural Competence and the Ethnographic Interview” Atlanta Global Studies Symposium (2019)

“Chekhov, Psychiatry, and Activist Prose” Association of Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies Annual Convention, Boston (2018)

“The Environments of Chekhov’s Drama” Association of Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies Annual Convention, Chicago (2017)

“The Dreaming Mind in Realist Fiction: Chekhov and Grigorovich” American Association of Teachers of Slavic and East European Languages Annual Convention, San Francisco (2017)

In the Media

Researching the Intersection of Russian Literature and Medicine, Research News at Higher School of Economics, Moscow

Postdoctoral Program Prepares Fellows with Training, Mentoring