Stetson University

Mayhill Fowler

Assistant Professor of History

Mayhill Fowler, Ph.D. (Princeton University), teaches and researches the cultural history of Russia, Ukraine and Eastern Europe. She focuses in particular on how different kinds of state systems shape creativity, and how diversity leads to innovation. Transnational history, urban studies and the social history of the arts are among her interests. Fowler has presented at many conferences, from North America to Ukraine to Russia, has several publications in edited volumes and journals, and is writing a book, Beau Monde: State and Stage at Empire's Edge, Russia and Soviet Ukraine 1916-1941, which explains the creation of the Soviet cultural periphery. Her next project focuses on frontline entertainment during World War II and the creation of the global entertainment industry. She translates from various Slavic languages and occasionally writes for New Eastern Europe. She has taught at Princeton University, the Ukrainian Catholic University and the University of Toronto, as well as at a summer school of Jewish history in Lviv, Ukraine. Before coming to Stetson University, Fowler held postdoctoral fellowships at Harvard University and the University of Toronto. Fowler is also a former professional actress, and even performed once in Florida in 2003.


  • Ph.D., Princeton University, 2011
  • M.A., Princeton University, 2007
  • M.F.A., National Theater Conservatory, 2000
  • B.A., Yale University, 1996

Course Topics

  • The Russian Empire
  • The Soviet Century
  • Eastern Europe 1700s-2000s: Together and Apart in the Lands Between
  • Patrons, Performers, Publics: Art and Society in Russia and the Soviet Union
  • Money and the Muse: Art and Society in Global Context
  • Post-Soviet Culture: Russia, Ukraine, the European Union

Selected Publications

  • "A Cesspool of Intrigues: Les Kurbas, Aleksandr Dovzhenko, and the Early Soviet Ukrainian Motion Picture Industry," in Canadian Slavonic Papers, special issue on Film in Ukraine (forthcoming March 2014).
  • "Na ulicy Prorizny: modernizm na Ukrainie," Przeglad Filosoficzno-literackie: kwartalnik (special issue on Modernism), 2/36 (summer 2013).
  • "Yiddish Theater in Soviet Ukraine: A Re-Evaluation of Jewish-Slavic Relations in the Arts," in Ab Imperio 2011/3 (December 2011).
  • "'A Theatrical Mecca': The Stages of Kyiv in 1907," Modernism in Kyiv: Jubilant Experimentation, edited by Virlana Tkacz and Irena Makaryk (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2010), 26-51.
  • Book Review of Sergei Zhuk, Rock and Roll in the Rocket City: The West, Identity and Ideology in Soviet Dniepropetrovsk (Washington: Woodrow Wilson Institute and Johns Hopkins University Press, 2010), in Canadian-American Slavic Studies (forthcoming 2013).
  • Book Review of Iurii Shapoval, Poliuvannia na Val'dshnepa: Rozsekrechenyi Mykola Khvyl'ovyi (Kyiv: Tempora, 2009), in Kritika: Explorations in Russian and Eurasian History (Spring 2012, 13/2), 491-501.
  • "Habermas in a Habsburg Town?" Book Review of Markian Prokopovych, Habsburg Lemberg: Architecture, Public Space, and Politics in the Galician Capital, 1772-1914, for H-Urban (online).
  • Book Review of William Risch, The Ukrainian West (Cambridge, Harvard University Press, 2011), in Canadian-American Slavic Studies (forthcoming 2013).

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