Maxim Dobrushin is a doctoral student at the University of California, Santa Cruz. He studies US periodicals and journals, travel writings, and imperial romance novels from 1853-1917 to understand the cultural and political construction of Russia in America. His work also focuses on the impact of the institutionalization of Russia Studies in America to uncover how American academics used ethno-biological tropes to categorize and study Russia, tropes that would consequently guide America’s foreign policy. The other facet of his work focuses on the cultural imaginings of the US South in the works of American realists and naturalists and Russian realists and the intersection between Russian serfdom and US slavery. He is currently working on a study of the representation of anarchism and nihilism in US periodicals and the role propaganda plays in cultural representations of subversive movements.