Interim Vice Chancellor and Vice Provost for Global Programs

Eliot Borenstein is Interim Vice Chancellor and Vice Provost for Global Programs at New York University, where he oversees NYU’s global sites and study away programs. 

Eliot joined the Faculty of Arts and Science’s Department of Russian & Slavic Studies (R&SS) at NYU in 1995, and has served as Chair of R&SS, Acting Chair of East Asian Studies, and Director of the College Core Curriculum.  He started with the Office of Global Programs as a Provostial Fellow in 2011, working closely with the Global Programs staff, senior leadership and site directors on programmatic initiatives at the global sites. In 2017, Eliot became the Senior Academic Convener for the Global Network where he was responsible for convening the University-wide Faculty Committee on the Global Network (advising senior administration on all global matters); he also continued his efforts in developing programs at the global sites, working closely with Global leadership.  Before coming to NYU,  he served as a residential director for study-away programs in Moscow and St. Petersburg, and was the director of the Fulbright Program for the Russian Federation.

He is the author of Men without Women: Masculinity and Revolution in Russian Fiction, 1917-1929 (2001 AATSEEL book prize), Overkill: Sex and Violence in Contemporary Russian Popular Culture (2008 AWSS book prize), Plots against Russia: Conspiracy and Fantasy after Socialism (2020 Wayne S. Vucinich book prize and 2020 AATSEEL book prize), Pussy Riot: Speaking Punk to Power (Bloomsbury, 2020), Meanwhile, in Russia…: Russian Internet Memes and Viral Video (Bloomsbury, 2022), Marvel Comics in the 1970s: The World Inside Your Head (Cornell, 2023),  Soviet-Self-Hatred: The Secret Identities of Postsocialism (Cornell, 2023), and HBO’s The Leftovers: Mourning and Melancholy on Premium Cable (Lexington Books, 2023). .  His next book, Unstuck in Time: On the Post-Soviet Uncanny, is currently under review at Cornell,  and a second, Harry Potter in Russia: The Politics of Enchantment under Putin is under review and under contract with Bloomsbury. He is now writing Russian Culture under Putin (under contract with Bloomsbury), as well as Marvel Comics in the 1980s,  Unidentified Russian Objects: On Soviet Melancholy and Reading the Superhero: Ethics, Crises, and Superboy Punches.

Assistant: Kate Hardy