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Aaron Thompson

University of Virginia

Aaron is an ABD doctoral candidate in the Department of Slavic Languages & Literatures at the University of Virginia. His research interests lie at the intersection of thought, politics, religion, and written culture. Aaron’s dissertation, A Revolutionary Gospel: Secular Transpositions of Orthodox Narrative and the Post-Christian Coming of the New Soviet Person (1892-1917), examines how a group of pro-revolution writers, chief among them Maxim Gorky, used traditional Christian literature to cultivate support for a socialist, secular revolution and state prior to the Bolshevik coup. He also uses digital, computational methods to explore underlying and corpus-level qualities of Russian-language texts. In addition, he enjoys spending time outdoors with a camera and cooking dishes from around the world. Aaron is originally from rural Southern Illinois and has lived in Arizona, Saudi Arabia, and Kazakhstan. 

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