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Olga Klimova is a PhD candidate at the Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures at the University of Pittsburgh. She also has PhD Certificates in Cultural Studies and Russian and East European Studies, and has completed all the requirements for the PhD Certificate in Film Studies. Olga received her Specialist Degree in Cultural Studies from Belarusian State University in Minsk, Belarus, her MA in Popular Culture from Brock University in Canada, and an MA degree in Russian Literature from the University of Pittsburgh. Olga has taught a number of film and gender courses at the Department of Communication, Popular Culture and Film at Brock University, and language, literature, and culture courses at the University of Pittsburgh’s Slavic Department. She is currently writing her PhD dissertation on Aesopian language and Soviet youth films under Brezhnev and doing research on contemporary Polish youth cinema. Her other research interests include Stagnation cinema and literature, Russian youth culture, post-Soviet popular culture and popular cinema, Belarusian cinema, cultural representations of trauma, Chernobyl culture, Uzbek cinema, and theories of spectatorship.