Anna Lordan


  • Visiting Assistant Professor of Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies


  • PhD, Stanford University, 2017
  • MPhil, University of Oxford, 2009
  • BA, University of Oxford, 2006


Anna Lordan earned a PhD in Slavic languages and literatures at Stanford University, and trained for seven years as a full-time monastic at a Zen Monastery in Northern California. Anna’s research interests lie in the dynamics of attention in twentieth- and twenty-first century Ukrainian literature and film. Anna works in Ukrainian, Czech and Russian.  

Anna also practices literary translation from Czech and Ukrainian. Her published translations include the graphic novel Bílý Potok: A story from the Borderlands by Jaroslav Rudiš and Jaromír 99. Her translation of a poem by the contemporary Ukrainian poet Oleksandr Kocharyan was shortlisted for the Ukrainian Institute London 2022 translation prize and was published in August 2023 in a special edition of the London Ukrainian Review.

  • “Listening to Silence: An experiential exploration through contemporary Ukrainian poetry”, Silence: Practices, Experiences and Rituals Seminar Series, Fonoteka Etnograficzna, Jagiellonian University, Kraków, December 2023

  • “Dynamics of Attention in The Earth is Blue as an Orange”, Dmytro Shtohryn International Ukrainian Studies Conference, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, October 2023

Fall 2024

Elementary Russian — RUSS 101
Paying Attention with Tolstoy — FYSP 182
Art in Action: Contemporary Ukraine — REEE 210

Spring 2025

Elementary Russian — RUSS 102
Senior Seminar: (En)Countering Russian Colonialism — REEE 446