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Dustin Condren

Assistant Professor, Russian

Kaufman Hall 222


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Dustin Condren is a scholar of 20th-century Russian culture and earned his Ph.D. in Slavic Languages and Literatures from Stanford University. He joined OU's Department of Modern Languages, Literature, and Linguistics in 2019.

Dr. Condren’s research centers on the literary and visual cultures of the early Soviet period, with a particular focus on the material and conceptual processes involved in the production of works of art. His monograph An Imaginary Cinema: Sergei Eisenstein and the Unrealized Film will be published by Cornell University Press in fall 2024. Concerned with questions of the unfinished, of failure, and of the infinite, the book tracks the remnants of Eisenstein’s unmade projects against the backdrop of the political realities of early Stalinist Russia and the practical contingencies of filmmaking. Condren is an active translator of Russian and has published multiple book-length translations; he is also a professional photographer, having made portrait and conceptual work within the music industry for over a decade.

Dr. Condren regularly teaches courses on nineteenth-and twentieth-century prose, poetry, and dramatic literature; Russian and Soviet cinema; film history and theory; and upper-level Russian language.


Selected Publications:

Dustin Condren, “Odd or Even: Eisenstein and Unfinished Work,” The Eisenstein Universe, eds. Ian Christie and Julia Vassilieva. London: Bloomsbury, 2021, 15–25. 

Dustin Condren, “Notes Toward an Untimely Soviet Comedy: Eisenstein’s MMM,” Studies in Russian and Soviet Cinema, v. 15.1 (2021): 2–22. 

Dustin Condren, “Sub’’ektiv: Eizenshtein i ozhivlenie veshchei,” Eizenshtein dlia XXI veka, ed. Naum Kleiman. Moscow: Garage Museum of Contemporary Art, 2020, 96–111. 



Sergei Eisenstein, The Primal Phenomenon: Art, tr. Dustin Condren, eds. Oksana Bulgakowa and Dietmar Hochmuth. Berlin: Potemkin Press, 2017, 344 pp. 

Sergei Eisenstein, Disney. eds. Oksana Bulgakowa and Dietmar Hochmuth. Berlin: Potemkin Press, 2013, 183 pp. 

Leo Tolstoy, The Gospel in Brief, tr. Dustin Condren. New York: HarperCollins, 2011, 224 pp. 



Ph.D. in Slavic Languages and Literatures. Stanford University. 2018

M.A. in Slavic Languages and Literatures. Stanford University. 2004

Dual B.S. in Russian and Theater & Media Arts. Brigham Young University. 2001


Teaching Schedule for Fall 2023:

MLLL 3523-001 Russian Lit to 1917 in Trans, KH-105, T/R 13:30-14:45