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Bradley Underwood, Associate Director

Northwestern University

Bradley Underwood, an ordained Baptist minister, is a Ph.D. student in the Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures at Northwestern University and Associate Director of the Northwestern University Research Initiative for the Study of Russian Philosophy and Religious Thought. Prior to studying at Northwestern, Bradley received a Master's Degree in Theological Studies from Duke Divinity School at Duke University as well as a Bachelors of Arts in History from Baylor University. Bradley studies nineteenth-century Russian literature, and he is especially interested in the relation between literature, philosophy, and theology. In May 2023, Bradley defended his Master's thesis, entitled, "A Theatrical Encounter:  Gogol’s Long Conversion and The Inspector General." This thesis was written under the direction of Susan McReynolds and Ilya Kutik. Bradley intends to write his dissertation on the spiritual thread from Gogol to Tolstoy to complement the well-established line from Gogol to Dostoevsky.