About Me

A photo of Lev Nikulin. It's daytime and he's smiling against a green leafy background.

I am an academic in Slavic studies specializing in Nikolai Gogol, horror, the Gothic, science fiction, genre studies, Marina Tsvetaeva, and LGBT studies in 19th and 20th century Russian literature and film. My current research involves reworking my dissertation into a book project and contributing to the developing subfield of Slavic horror. I am also interested in the complex evolution of genre categories in late Soviet and early post-Soviet film and music.

work as a Postgraduate Research Associate and Lecturer at the Princeton University Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures, where I recently defended my dissertation on horror in the work of Nikolai Gogol. I am currently teaching a new iteration of my course, "Horror in Film and Literature," as well as a new course, "The (Mis-)Interpretations of Nikolai Gogol."

I am always on the lookout for collaborators and like-minded scholars, so feel free to get in touch at levnik@princeton.edu if you work on any of the topics listed here on any level, even simply to establish contact.

Originally from Novosibirsk, Russia, I live in Brooklyn, NY.