Romy Taylor (Ph.D., University of Southern California; B.A., U.C. Berkeley) is Visiting Assistant Professor in the Department of Russian and Slavic Studies at the University of Arizona, where she teaches courses on contemporary Russia, Russian language, Russian literature, women's studies, and Kazakhstan. Dr. Taylor has published on 19th-century Russian women writers and on the use of genre in Russian poetry. Her current project investigates African-American women and men who emigrated to the USSR in the 1930s on Stalin's invitation, intrigued by the prospect of building colorblind socialism.
While in the USSR, they often suffered from inadequate medical care and a low standard of living, and most died relatively young. On the other hand, they were able to put their American educations to good use and attended Soviet universities tuition-free; they were treated with respect; they were more or less immune to Stalin's purges; and they achieved more career-wise than all but a handful of their American peers.
While in Russia, Dr. Taylor will be working in Moscow's archives and will be affiliated with RGGU (Russian State University for the Humanities).