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Dr Nicola Kozicharow

Dr Nicola  Kozicharow

Schulman Research Fellow, Trinity Hall

Affiliated Lecturer in History of Art

Co-Director, Cambridge Courtauld Russian Art Centre (CCRAC)


I am a specialist in modern and contemporary European and Russian art, and my current book project is entitled Modernism in Exile: Russian Art and Identity Abroad. My research has recently been sponsored by the Getty Research Institute and the Likhachev Foundation. I am an Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (HEA) and have had six years’ teaching experience at undergraduate level and three years postgraduate level as well as full training in higher education teaching from the Teaching Associates’ Programme (TAP), Cambridge and the History of Art Department, Cambridge. My PhD at Cambridge was entitled 'Dmitrii Stelletskii and Filipp Maliavin in Emigration: Dreaming of Russia and Resisting Change' and supervised by Professor Rosalind P. Blakesley. I also received my MPhil from the University of Cambridge, and hold an MA from University College London, and a BA in History of Art (Honors) and Slavic Studies from Brown University. I am co-director of the Cambridge Courtauld Russian Art Centre (CCRAC) (

Research Interests

Areas of specialisation

Modern and contemporary European and Russian visual culture; migration and identity; modernism and its historiographies

Areas of interest

Global modernism; nonconformist art in the Soviet Union; popular visual media, especially cartoons and illustration

Key Publications

‘Filipp Maliavin in Emigration: Artistic Strategy and the Afterlife of Secessionism,’ Art History (vol. 42, issue 2, April 2019).

Modernism and the Spiritual in Russian Art: New Perspectives, co-editor with Louise Hardiman, Open Book Publishers (2017). The publication of this volume has been made possible by a grant from the Scouloudi Foundation in association with the Institute of Historical Research. Free Open Access and print editions available here:

‘Dmitrii Stelletskii’s Chastushki and Russian Émigré Book Illustration: Between Tradition and the Avant-Garde’, Word & Image, vol 31, issue 3, 2015, 374-385.

‘“Racy of the soil”: Filipp Maliavin’s London Exhibition of 1935’, A People Passing Rude: British Responses to Russian Culture, edited by Anthony Cross, Open Book Publishers (2012).