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Yuliya Komska

Yuliya Komska



Address: Department of German Studies
6084 Dartmouth Hall
Hanover, New Hampshire 03755-3511

Office: 327 Dartmouth Hall

Telephone: (603) 646-2407

Fax: (603) 646-1474



Yuliya Komska, Associate Professor of German, studied in her native Lviv, Ukraine, at the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität in Munich, and at Colby College before receiving her Ph.D. from Cornell University in 2008. Her research focuses on interdisciplinary approaches to Cold War cultures across the blocs.

Her first book, The Icon Curtain: The Cold War's Quiet Border—a cultural genealogy of an Iron Curtain landscape—was published by University of Chicago Press in February 2015. It draws on a broad spectrum of fictions and archival documents to contest the widespread view that the barrier was unprecedented and uniform. The next project, Cold War Radio in the Golden Age of Television, 1950-1967, is the first transatlantic visual history of Radio Free Europe, a key broadcaster across the continental divide. The station, goes the argument, focalized one of the pivotal medial turnovers of the twenty-first century and served as an important interface between radio and television content and technologies.

Komska is the editor of a special radio-themed issue of German Politics and Society (Spring 2014), and her work has appeared in German Life and Letters, New German Critique, German Politics and Society, and German Studies Review and been supported by Andrew D. Mellon, Luigi Einaudi, and DAAD Fellowships. She has also written for the media on current topics, publishing with Reuters, The Guardian, Pacific Standard, and Al Jazeera America, and speaking on New Hampshire Public Radio. Her teaching interests include, among other topics, 20th- and 21st-century German literature and culture, transatlantic exchanges, international radio and media, war and conflict, propaganda, visual studies, environmentalism, as well as travel and belonging. She has been involved in teaching and graduate advising in Comparative Literature.

Last Updated: 6/25/15