top left: Colosseum, Italy; top right: Neuschwanstein castle, bottom left: ceiling of the Church of All Saints, Russia; bottom right: Paris at night

Emily Schuckman Matthews

Emily Schuckman Matthews

Office: SH 228B | Email: e[email protected]
Twitter Handle: [email protected]

Professor Schuckman Matthews joined the European Studies Program in 2011. She regularly teaches EUROP 101, 301, 424, 435 and 440. Her primary research focus is examining the representation of prostitution in Russian literature and film. Other areas of interest include human trafficking, late/post-Soviet Russian literature and culture, cinema and gender and feminist cultural studies in Russia.

Professor Schuckman Matthews served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in a small village in the Russian Far East from 1999-2002 and remains passionate about that beautiful and remote corner of the Russian Federation


  • Ph.D. University of Washington, 2004-2008, Slavic Languages and Literatures
    Dissertation: “Representations of the Prostitute in Contemporary Russian Literature and Film”
  • M.A. University of Washington, 2002-2004, Russian, East. Europ. & Central Asian Studies
    Thesis: “Human Trafficking and the Potential for Grassroots Activism: The Russian Far East and Asia”
  • B.A. Claremont McKenna College, 1995-1999, Government/Literature/Women’s Studies

Emily Schuckman Matthews, “The prison beauty pageant: documenting female prisoners in Miss Gulag and La Corona.” Studies in Documentary Film, Accepted for Publication, March 2015).

Emily Schuckman Matthews, “Folk elements in Aleksei Balabanov's Brat and Brat 2: A Morphological analysis.” Baltic Screen Media Review, Accepted for publication, Feb. 2015.

Melissa Farley, Jackie Golding, Emily Schuckman Matthews, et al. “Comparing Sex Buyers with Men Who Do Not Buy Sex: New Data on Prostitution and Trafficking,” Journal of Interpersonal Violence, August 2015 (available online, hardcopy forthcoming).

Emily Schuckman Matthews, “The (D)evolution of the Prostitute in Russian Beauty,” Russian Review, vol. 74, no. 3, July 2015 . 

Emily Schuckman Matthews, “Portraying the Trafficking Victim in Lilya 4-Ever,” Feminist Media Studies, Feb. 25, 2015 (available online, hard copy forthcoming).

Emily Schuckman Matthews, “Reclaiming "the Spot": The Prostitute as Entrepreneur in Tochka." Studies in Russian and Soviet Cinema 5:2 (2011): 205-225.

Emily Schuckman, “Doubly ‘Other’: The Prostitute as Lesbian in Land of the Deaf and Inhale-Exhale.” Beyond Little Vera: Women’s Bodies, Women’s Welfare in Russia and Central/Eastern Europe, Ohio Slavic Papers, vol. 7, ed. Angela Brintlinger and Natasha Kolchevska, Columbus, Ohio, 2008: 29-54.

Emily Schuckman, “Antitrafficking Policies in Asia and the Russian Far East: A Comparative Perspective.” Demokratizatsiya 14:1 (2006): 85-102.

Emily Schuckman Matthews, “Marginal or Central: Prostitution in Moscow,” in World Film Locations: Moscow, ed. Birgit Beumers, (London: Intellect), 108-109, 2014.

Emily Schuckman Matthews, “Tochka/The Spot,” in World Film Locations: Moscow, ed. Birgit Beumers, (London: Intellect), 116-117, 2014.

Melissa Farley, Emily Schuckman, et al., "Comparing Sex Buyers with Men Who Don't Buy Sex: 'You can have a good time with the servitude’ vs. 'You're supporting a system of degradation,'" Research Paper published by Prostitution Research and Education, July 2011.

Another Year (Eshche odin god, 2014), KinoKultura, iss. 46, Oct. 2014.

The Old Man (Shal, 2012), KinoKultura, iss. 40, April 2013.

Mama (2010), KinoKultura, iss. 31, January 2011.

Accursed Paradise (Prokliatyi Rai, 2007), KinoKultura, iss. 22, October 2008.


“The Prostitute as Everywoman: Examining the role and evolution of the sex worker in Russian cinema.” (Ecole nationale supérieure Louis Lumière, Saint-Denis, Russian Cinema since 1991, disruption and perpetuation of heritage, Dec. 2014).

“Construction of Gender in the 2004 film 'You, I love' ('Ia liubliu tebia')” (ASEEES, 2014)

“Transformation/Reimagination of the Prostitute's Identity in the Late Teens and Early 1920s” (ASEEES, 2013)

“Male Versus Female Desire: Depictions of Homosexuality in Contemporary Russian Film” (ASEEES, 2011)

“Convicts with Hearts of Gold: Documenting Female Prisoners in ‘Miss Gulag.’” (ASEEES [formerly AAASS], 2010)

“The Writer as Prostitute and the Prostitute as Writer in I. Babel’s ‘My First Fee’ and V. Erofeev’s Russian Beauty” (AATSEEL, 2008)

“The Heroine of the Market:  The Prostitute as Entrepreneur” (AAASS, 2008)

“The Prostitutka Abroad: Foreign Representations of the Russian Prostitute in Film” (University of London: Russia on Screen (Identity and Appropriation): Inter-disciplinary Perspectives on Russia and Cinema, 2008)

“Representations of Prostitution in Film: The Prostitute as Lesbian” (NYU, Center for European and Mediterranean Studies with Network of East-West Women: Gender in Transition: Women in Europe Workshop, 2007)

“Lilya 4-Ever or Victim 4-Ever?” (AWSS, 2007)

“The importance of participation and cooperation between non-governmental organizations in combating human trafficking.” (Asian-Pacific International Forum: Joint Efforts in Combating Trafficking in Persons, 2006)

“A Russian Hero in St. Petersburg: Folklore Imagery in Brat.” (Graduate Conference at Yale, 2006)

“Glasnost Realism: Socialist Ideas Fulfilled.” (Midwest Slavic Conference, 2006)

“The Smooth Operator Strikes Again: Ostap Bender as Bulgakov’s Woland.” (AATSEEL, 2005)

“Trafficking in Russia and Asia: A Comparative Perspective.” (AWSS and Ralph and Ruth Fisher Forum, 2005)