Assel Almuratova

Slavic Languages and Literature

Graduate Student

Languages: Russian, Kazakh, Polish

Area(s) of Study: Russian orientalism, contemporary Russian literature, Central Asian Russophone literature.

About: I received my BA in World Languages and Literatures from Nazarbayev University in 2015. I hold an MA in Slavic Languages and Literatures from UW-Madison. I am currently a PhD Candidate in Russian Literature with a minor in Russian, Eastern European, and Central Asian Studies (REECAS). In my dissertation, I explore the representation of the Asiatic space in contemporary Russian novel, and how this representation is connected to negotiation of Russian identity.


– Nazarbayev University, BA in World Languages and Literatures (2015)

Courses Taught:

– Slavic 253: An Interdisciplinary Survey of Russia Spring (2021)
– Slavic 101: First Semester Russian (Fall 2019)
– Slavic 203: Third Semester Russian (Fall 2016, Fall 2020)
– Slavic 204: Fourth Semester Russian (Spring 2017)
– Slavic 117/118: Intensive Summer Second Year Russian (Summer 2020)
– GNS 471: Introduction to Kazakhstan (Spring 2020 (in Russian))

Tutor, Russian Flagship Program:

– One-Credit Advanced Russian Across the Curriculum Tutorial (Fall 2018)
– Russian Flagship Tutor (Fall 2016, Spring 2017, Fall 2017, Spring 2018, Spring 2020)


  • J. Thomas Shaw Prize for best paper at AATSEEL-Wisconsin Conference (2016)
  • Graduate School Fellowship, University of Wisconsin- Madison (2015-2016)