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Daria Goncharova


Ph.D., English, University of Kentucky (2024)

M.A., English, University of Kentucky (2018)

B.A., Linguistics, Southern Federal University, Russia (2015)


I am a Ph.D. candidate in English at the University of Kentucky, with a background in Linguistics and Cultural Studies. My area of expertise is 20th-century and 21st-century American literature and film with an emphasis on the intersection of space, citizenship, and whiteness, a focus largely informed by my own experience as an international scholar residing in the USA.

My dissertation examines how mass-produced suburbs emerged as a cornerstone of the cultural narratives defining American citizenship in the aftermath of World War II. I have published in the edited collection Post45 Vs. The World: Global Perspectives on Literature and The Contemporary and have publications forthcoming in New Review of Film & Television Studies and Adaptation, with additional articles under review in Contemporary Literature and Literature/Film Quarterly.

For the past six years, I have also been the instructor of record at the University of Kentucky for two sections per semester of Introduction to Composition and Communication I and II and Introduction to Film.


Research Interests:
20th and 21st Century American Literature
Gender and Sexuality Studies
Critical Race Theory
critical studies of whiteness
Cold War

“’Workers of the World, Unite!’ Huck, Jim, and the Cold War’s Racial Tensions.” Post45 Vs. The World: Global Perspectives on Literature and The Contemporary. Vernon Press. William Welty, ed. December, 2022.

Mr. Blandings and the Advertisers’ Dream: The Role of Marketing in the Adaptation Process,” Adaptation (forthcoming).

“Reconsidering Old Hollywood Fantasies of Black Citizenship: Plantation, Whiteness, and Civil Rights in Pinky (1949),” New Review of Film & Television Studies (forthcoming).