Masha Shpolberg

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Masha Shpolberg is a Ph.D. Candidate in Comparative Literature and Film & Media Studies. Her dissertation focuses on the representation of labor in Polish cinema between 1968 and 1989, a time of massive workers’ strikes and opposition to the communist government. Masha is particularly interested in the way that oppositional filmmakers were able to draw on the experiments of the interwar avant-garde in order to deconstruct the vocabulary of Socialist Realism and circumvent censorship. 

Masha has taught and co-taught a number of courses at Yale, including “Introduction to Film,” “War on Film,” “Global Hollywood,” and “Documentary Film Workshop.” Her academic articles have appeared in NECSUS: The European Journal of Media Studies and the Révue Sciences/Lettres. She has also contributed criticism to Film Quarterly, Senses of Cinema, and The Los Angeles Review of Books.

Research Interests

Eastern European cinema; documentary; digital storytelling practices; the Digital Humanities

Working Languages

Russian, French, Polish