Sharon Lubkemann Allen, Ph.D.

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Sharon Lubkemann Allen, Ph.D.

Associate Professor
(585) 395-5828 
Office: 224 LAB 

Teaching and Creative Interests: Modern Russian and East European, Luso-Brazilian, French, Transnational Fiction and Film, Cultural and Literary Theory



Ph.D., Princeton University

Professional Positions

Associate Professor of Comparative Literature, SUNY-Brockport, 2005-present.


  • ENG 112: College Comp
  • HON 112: Border Crossings: Reimag[in]ing Story & History, Fiction & Documentary
  • ENL 165: Underground Conciousness
  • ENG 223: Modern World Literature
  • ENG 303: Intro. to Literary Analysis: Language, Landscape, Longing & Lies in modern Literature
  • ENG 314: modern European Literature: Executions, Authorship & Authority
  • ENG 317: Slavic Literature: Wit & Witness
  • ENG 319: Comparative Literature: Crossings
  • ENG 351: Urban Contexts & Urbane Consciousness in Modern Fiction & Film
  • ENG 363: Writing in Exile
  • ENG 409: Postmodernism in World Literature: Theory of the Novel & the Novel's Play with Theory
  • ENG/WMS42/542: Sex & the City: Contemporary Women Writers & Cosmopolitanism
  • ENG/WMS442/542: Women & Memoir: Re-membering (his)story in Art & Literature
  • ENL 448/548: Idiots, Fools & Madmen: Dialogues with Dostoevsky in Fiction
  • ENL/FLM 463/563: International Film: (Re)visionary Soviet & Post-Soviet Filmmakers
  • ENG 472: Senior Seminar in Contemporary European Literature: Re-mapping Cultural Memory
  • ENL 478/578: Critical Approaches
  • ENG 604: World Modernisms
  • ENG 625: Tolstoy & Dostoevsky: Ethics & Aesthetics

Fulbright Fellow, Programa em Teoria da Literatura & Departamento de Estudos Anglísticos, Faculdade de Letras, Universidade de Lisboa, Portugal, 2009-2010.

  • Idiots, Fools & Madmen: Dialogues with Dostoevsky in World Literature
  • Film & Theory Writing in Exile: Transgression, Transculturation, Translation, Translingualism & the Tasks of Literature

Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow, Humanities Forum, University of Pennsylvania, 2004–2005.

  • Dream & Nightmare in Modern Fiction & Film

Lecturer/AI, Departments of Comparative Literature, Humanities, Romance Languages and Literature, Slavic Languages & Literature, Visual Arts, & Princeton Writing Program, Princeton University, 1999-2004.

  • Modern European Writers, AI, 1999
  • Graduate Seminar on Teaching Literature, Co-Instructor, 2001, 2003
  • Madness & Modern Fiction, Lecturer, Princeton Writing Progra, 2002-2003
  • Dirty Words: Satire, Slander, and Society, AI, 2003
  • Leo Tolstoy, War and Peace, AI, 2004
  • Cinema from WWII to the Present, AI, 2004.

Lecturer, Department of Classical and Modern Languages and Literatures, Rutgers University, Newark.

  • Modern Brazilian Literature: City, Carnival, and Consciousness, Instructor, Fall 2003.

Teaching and Creative Interests

Comparative literature and literary theory
Nineteenth- and twentieth-century Russian, East European, French, and Luso-Brazilian fiction and film
European modernism and post-modernism
Urban literature and culture


  • Princeton University, Ph.D. in Comparative Literature, May 2004.
  • École Normale Supérieure and Université de Paris IV-Sorbonne, France, 2000–2001.
  • Biblioteca Nacional, Lisbon, Portugal, research funded by Princeton University grants, summers 1999, 2001.
  • Petersburg State University, International Dostoevsky Museum, and Institute of Russian Literature–Pushkinskii Dom, independent research, graduate seminar, and internship, Russia, summer 1998.
  • University of Dallas. M.A. in English and Comparative Literature and Theory, 1996.
  • Millersville University, advanced graduate work in sculpture, 1992–1993.
  • Research and work in fine arts, funded by a Yale University fellowship, Ukraine and Russia, 1991–1992.
  • Yale University, B.A. in Soviet and East European Studies, 1991.
  • Bryn Mawr College/American Council of Teachers of Russian, Moscow, Russia, summer 1989.
  • Preparatory education in Lisbon, Portugal and NJ, USA.

Fellowships, Grants, and Honors

  • Provost’s Post-tenure Research Fellowship, SUNY-Brockport, 2012-2013.
  • Fulbright Scholars Fellowship, University of Lisbon, 2009-2010.
  • Dr. Nuala McGann Drescher Leave, NY/United University Professions & SUNY-Brockport, spring 2010.
  • Scholarly Incentive Grants, Individual Development Grants, & Sponsored Program Incentive Awards in support of research and conference presentations, SUNY-Brockport & UUP, 2005-2011.
  • Discretionary salary increases for exceptional scholarship, SUNY-Brockport, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2010.
  • Mellon Post-Doctoral Fellowship, University of Pennsylvania, 2004–2005.
  • Princeton University Fellowship, Department of Comparative Literature, 1997–2002.
  • Dean’s Fund for Scholarly Travel, 1998-2004.
  • Princeton Graduate School Summer Stipends for Dissertation Research, Paris and Lisbon, 2000, 2001.
  • Council on Regional Studies Grants & Mary Cross Fellowship, St. Petersburg & Lisbon, summers 1998, 1999.
  • University of Dallas Fellowship for Graduate Studies, 1994–1996.
  • Millersville University Fellowship, 1992.
  • H. H. Rice Fellowship, Yale University, research and work in the fine arts, Ukraine & Russia, 1991–1992.


Native Portuguese and English
Professional fluency in Russian and French


Exhibitions of drawings, sculpture, black-and-white photography.
Recent and upcoming exhibitions at Different Path Gallery, Brockport, NY: Reconfiguring the Nude, Feb. 2013; Brockport Artist’s Guild: current work, April 2013.


António Feijó, Dean of the Faculdadede Letras and Professor in the Program in Literary Theory, Universidade de Lisboa. (

Caryl Emerson, A. Watson Armour, III, University Professor and Chair of Slavic Languages and Comparative Literature, Princeton University. (

K. David Jackson, Professor of Portuguese, Yale University. (

Maria DiBattista, Professor of English and Comparative Literature, and Chair, Committee for Film Studies, Princeton University. (

Onésimo Almeida, Professor of Portuguese, Brown University.

Ralph Black, Director of the Writers Forum and Professor of Creative Writing, Department of English, State University of New York, Brockport (

P. Adams Sitney, Chair, Film Studies, Creative Workshop, Princeton University. (

Michael Wood, Charles Barnwell Straut Class of 1923, Chair and Professor of English and Comparative Literature, Princeton University. (

To view Dr. Allen's book abstract, please refer to her CV.

Curriculum Vitae

Last Updated 8/13/18

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