M.A. Film Studies, Columbia University, 2011
Thesis: ‘Enough of Mozzhukhin!’ or, ‘Ivan the Great’: the Star Image of Ivan Mozzhukhin in Soviet Russia and France in the 1920s.
Cold War cultural policy and 1950s European cinema; film theory; Russian visual culture of the late 19th and early 20th centuries, particularly the interaction between painting and cinema and realist aesthetics; Russian émigré filmmakers in interwar Europe; women’s contribution to silent film
“Riding Horses, Writing Stories: Josephine Rector’s Career at Western Essanay.” Researching Women in Silent Cinema: New Findings and Perspectives. Edited by Monica Dall’Asta, Victoria Duckett, and Lucia Tralli (Bologna: The Department of Arts, University of Bologna in association with the Victorian College of the Arts, University of Melbourne and Women and Film History International, 2013), 414-423.
Vika is a doctoral student in the joint program in Film and Media Studies & Slavic Languages and Literatures. She is currently a member of the Yale Film Colloquium and the Russian Film Series, which is part of the Russian Studies Project of European Studies Council. In December 2013 she co-curated the exhibition Films Albatros at the Museum of Modern Art in New York. In the 2014–15 academic year, Vika was a Mellon Fellow for the Mellon Graduate Concentration “Circa 1900.”