Christina Novakov-Ritchey (CNR) is a PhD Candidate in Culture and Performance at the University of California – Los Angeles, where her research examines peasants, communism, ecology, folklore, and aesthetics in the Yugoslav region. Her next research project is focused on global postsocialist performance. She is the co-organizer of the (Post)Socialist Studies Group funded by the UC Humanities Research Institute and a core member of the Dialoguing Posts Network. She teaches on postsocialism, revolutionary art, feminism, critical folklore, and global colonialisms. Her research on incantation-based healing practices in the postsocialist Balkans has recently been published by KAJET magazine.

For the 2021-2022 academic year, CNR is supported by a dissertation year fellowship from UCLA. Her research has been funded by several different departments, institutes and initiatives at UCLA, including the Department of World Arts and Cultures/Dance, the School of Arts and Architecture, the International Institute, the Center for European and Russian Studies, and the Collegium of University Teaching Fellows. She has also been the recipient of the U.S. Department of State Program for Research and Training on Eastern Europe and Eurasia’s Title VIII Grant.

Reach me via email: cnovakov (at) ucla (dot) edu

Backwards scholar, utilitarian artist.   
Los Angeles / Belgrade