Anastasia Kostina

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Curriculum Vitae: 

Education History

Ph. D. in Film and Media Studies & Slavic Languages and Literatures, Yale University 2022   

M.Phil. in Film and Media Studies & Slavic Languages and Literatures, Yale University 2019                     

M.A. in American Studies, University of Massachusetts in Boston 2011

Research Interests

Documentary film history and theory with particular focus on questions of ideology, credibility and representation; transgressions between documentary and fiction; women’s film history, early Soviet and post-Soviet documentary film.


“Hunting for Reality: An Interview with Marina Razbezhkina.” Film  Quarterly, Vol. 73, no 3. March 2020

“Compiling History for Masses: The Fall of the Romanov Dynasty.” One Hundred Years of Soviet Cinema, ed. Daniel Fairfax. The LedaTape    Organization, July 2019

“Esfir Shub. Selected Writings.” Translation. Feminist Media Histories, vol. 2, no. 3, pp 17-28, July 2016

“ArtDocFest 2014: Politics, Rural Hardships and Youth.” KinoKultura, no 48, April 2015

Invited talks

“From Editor to Director: Esfir Shub’s Compilation Trilogy Through the Lens of Its Contemporary Reception” at SSEES, University College London, December 2020 


Anastasia Kostina is a Ph.D. candidate in the joint program of Film and Media Studies and Slavic Languages and Literatures. In 2011 she received M.A. in American Studies from the University of Massachusetts in Boston where she was on a Fulbright scholarship. While in the program she gained interest in the study of documentary film.  In 2014 the interest in documentary led Anastasia to Yale PhD program, her dissertation research explores the films and career of Soviet documentary and filmmaker Esfir Shub.

In 2019/2020 academic year Anastasia started a visiting research program at University College London which was later extended by one year due to the pandemic.