Kelsey Rubin-Detlev

About Kelsey

Kelsey Rubin-Detlev is a Fellow of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation.


Dr Kelsey Rubin-Detlev is a scholar of Enlightenment Russia and Western Europe. She received her DPhil from the University of Oxford in 2016. After a Foote Junior Research Fellowship in Russian at the Queen’s College, Oxford, she has been assistant professor of Slavic languages and literatures at the University of Southern California since 2018.

She is the author of The Epistolary Art of Catherine the Great (Oxford University Studies in the Enlightenment, 2019), which won the American Association of Teachers of Slavic and East European Languages (AATSEEL) Best First Book Award 2020 and the British Association for Slavonic and East European Studies (BASEES) Alexander Nove Prize 2019. She also co-translated and co-edited with Andrew Kahn the Selected Letters of Catherine the Great (Oxford University Press, 2018).

At the Moritz-Stern-Institut, she is working on a monograph provisionally entitled The Bible in Enlightenment Russia.


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‘Dostoevsky and Epistolary Intimacy’, The Slavic and East European Journal (forthcoming 2022)

‘An Ancient in Catherinian Russia: Classical Reception, Sensibility, and Nobility in Princess Ekaterina Urusova’s Poetry of the 1770s’, Slavic Review 80, no. 1 (Spring 2021), 90-111.

‘Russian Epistolary Writing from the Middle Ages to the Turn of the 19th Century’, Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Literature, ed. by Paula Rabinowitz (New York: Oxford University Press, 2021)