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Anna Fishzon received her Ph.D. from Columbia University in History and her B.A. from Duke University in History and Russian. Before returning to her alma mater, she taught at Williams College, offering courses on the Soviet Union, fin-de-siècle Europe, Stalinism, the history of fashion, nineteenth-century Russian intellectual history, and camp. She is the author of _Fandom, Authenticity, and Opera: Mad Acts and Letter Scenes in Fin-de-Siècle Russia_ (Palgrave Macmillan, 2013), as well as articles on sound recording and celebrity. Anna’s current research project and forthcoming articles consider late-Soviet temporality and the queerness of Brezhnev-era childhood. She explores the meanings and psychical effects of animated films, musicals, and social formations like the queue. Anna is also editing a volume of conference proceedings from Worlds of Wonder: the Queerness of Childhood with Anastasia Kayiatos (Macalester College) and writing a textbook on fin-de-siècle Europe. This year at Duke, Anna is teaching the course WST 590S.01 “Voice, Opera, and Sexuality,” which explores the voice as psychic object and operatic singing as a source of subjectivity and sexual identity. She is the co-host of the podcasts New Books in Psychoanalysis and New Books in Russian and Eurasian Studies.