Honors & Awards


  • Centre for East European Language-Based Area Studies Scholarship, Russian and East European Studies Committee of the University of Oxford (2007)
  • The Old Members' Trust Graduate Scholarship, University College, University of Oxford (2007)
  • Long list for the Kraszna-Krausz Moving Image Book Award, The Kraszna-Krausz Foundation (2012)
  • Fellowship, Stanford University Humanities Center (2013-2014)

Boards, Advisory Committees, Professional Organizations


  • Member, Association for Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies (ASEEES) (2004 - Present)
  • Member, Modern Language Association (MLA) (2012 - Present)
  • Member, British Association for Slavonic and East European Studies (BASEES) (2003 - Present)
  • Member, Russian Cinema Research Group at the SSEES, University College London (2006 - Present)
  • Member, European Cinema Committee, University of Oxford (2006 - 2009)
  • Founder and President, University College Oxford Film Society (2005 - 2009)
  • Referee, Slavic Review (2011 - Present)
  • Referee, Studies in Russian and Soviet Cinema (2012 - Present)
  • Slavic Colloquium Coordinator, Stanford University (2010 - Present)
  • Chair of Undergraduate Studies, Stanford University (2010 - Present)

Program Affiliations


  • Philosophy and Literature

Professional Education


  • M.Phil, University College, University of Oxford, European Literature (2006)
  • Certificate, Wadham College, University of Oxford, Philosophy (2004)
  • B.A., Kazakh State Academy of Architecture and Construction, Economics/Architecture (1999)

Current Research and Scholarly Interests


Late Modernist Experimentation and Stalinist Central Asia

2019-20 Courses


Stanford Advisees


  • Doctoral Dissertation Reader (AC)
    Jillian Costello
  • Orals Chair
    Kristo Nurmis
  • Doctoral Dissertation Advisor (AC)
    Lenora Murphy
  • Orals Evaluator
    Ruth Wurl

All Publications


  • Typographomania: On Prigov's Typewritten Experiments RUSSIAN REVIEW Skakov, N. 2016; 75 (2): 241-263

    View details for DOI 10.1111/russ.12069

    View details for Web of Science ID 000373610300005

  • Soul Incorporated SLAVIC REVIEW Skakov, N. 2014; 73 (4): 772-?
  • Introduction: Andrei Platonov, an Engineer of the Human Soul SLAVIC REVIEW Skakov, N. 2014; 73 (4): 719-726
  • Slovo v Romane [Word/Discourse in Roman] Novoe Literaturnoe Obozrenie Skakov, N. 2013; 119: 177-193
  • Prostranstva Dzhana Andreiia Platonova [Spaces in Andrei Platonov’s Dzhan] Novoe Literaturnoe Obozrenie Skakov, N. 2011; 107: 211-230
  • The (im)possible translation of [Tarkovsky's] Nostalgia Studies in Russian and Soviet Cinema Skakov, N. 2009; 3 (3): 309-333
  • Dostoevsky's Christ and Silence at the Margins of The Idiot Dostoevsky Studies, New Series Skakov, N. 2009; 13: 121-140
  • Culture One and a Half NOVOE LITERATURNOE OBOZRENIE Skakov, N. 2020: 104–23
  • Ekphrastic Metaphysics of Dzhan Ulbandus Skakov, N. 2012; 14: 76-92
  • The Cinema of Tarkovsky: Labyrinths of Space and Time Skakov, N. B612 Books, Seoul. 2012
  • Intertextual voices of Potudan The Cinema of Alexander Sokurov Skakov, N. edited by Condee, N., Beumers, B. London, I. B. Tauris. 2011: 59–73
  • 14 Essays Inspired by the Sculptures of Erkin Mergenov edited by Skakov, N., Sabitov, A. ibidem-Verlag, Stuttgart. 2010
  • XX Century (1985) [The theme of death in Erkin Mergenov’s Self-Portrait as an Astronaut] 14 Essays Inspired by the Sculptures of Erkin Mergenov Skakov, N. edited by Skakov, N., Sabitov, A. ibidem-Verlag, Stuttgart. 2010: 82–92