Dr. Julia Alekseyeva is a multi-modal scholar of media, film, and culture, specializing in the interactions between global media and radical leftist politics. She is an assistant professor of English at the University of Pennsylvania and a core faculty member of the Cinema and Media Studies Program (CIMS). Her courses frequently combine history, theory, and media production elements. She is also a copy-editor and translator of French, Russian, and Japanese, and has translated/subtitled Russian and Japanese films. She is currently working on her first academic monograph, tentatively entitled Anti-Fascist Aesthetics: The Avant-Garde Documentary in Japan, France, and the USSR.
Alongside her research, Dr. Alekseyeva is a graphic artist specializing in non-fiction graphic narratives, comics journalism, and memoir. Her first full-length graphic novel, a nonfiction historical memoir entitled Soviet Daughter: A Graphic Revolution, was published by Microcosm in January 2017, and won the 2017 VLA Diversity Award. Since 2017 she has published shorter non-fiction graphic essays in both peer-reviewed journals/book anthologies (Sequentials, The Routledge Companion to Global Literary Adaptation, Artistic Representations of Suffering: Rights, Resistance, Recognition) and in popular outlets such as The Nib, Jewish Currents, Paper Brigade, and Lilith.
She is a socialist and ardent anti-fascist, and her creative and academic work reflects her values.