Staff Directory

Oleg Gelikman, PhD

Associate Professor of Comparative Literature

Director of Humanities

Phone: 949-480-4241

Fax: 949-480-4126


Faculty - Full-Time


  • Ph.D. in Humanities (Comparative Literature), The Johns Hopkins University
  • M.A. in Comparative Literature, Graduate School and University Center, City University of New York
  • B.A. in Sociology, University of Toledo

Positions Held

2007 - present, Associate Professor of Comparative Literature, Soka University of America 
2006 - 2007, Visiting Lecturer, Department of Comparative Literature, University of Colorado, Boulder

Research Interests

  • Modernism Political Ecology
  • Aesthetic Theory
  • Documentary Poetics
  • History of Photography
  • History of Criticism (Russian Formalism and Soviet Semiotics)
  • Political Ecology

Selected Papers, Publications, Presentations, & Exhibits

Courses Taught at SUA

  • Literature of Dissent
  • Media and Experience
  • Politics in the Novel
  • Forms of Comedy
  • Literature and Evil
  • Film and Nation: Eastern Europe 1945-1989
  • Thinking through Nature
  • Critical Theory
  • Art of the Essay