Ernest ("Erik") Zitser is the Librarian for Slavic, Eurasian, and East European Studies, library liaison to the International Comparative Studies (ICS) Program, and Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Department of Slavic and Eurasian Studies at Duke University. He is an active member of a number of professional organizations, including the Association for Slavic, Eurasian, and East European Studies (ASEEES); East Coast Consortium of Slavic Library Collections (ECC); Ivy Plus Libraries Confederations' Slavic, East European and Eurasian Studies Affinity Group (SEES IPLC), and Eighteenth-Century Russian Studies Association (ECRSA). He is also the co-founder and general editor of an open access, peer-reviewed, scholarly journal called ВИВЛIОθИКА: E-Journal of Eighteenth-Century Russian Studies (ISSN 2333-1658).


Dr. Zitser, a native of Soviet Ukraine, received his Ph.D. in Russian History from Columbia University. Prior to coming to Duke, he worked consecutively as a post-doctoral Fellow, Center Associate, and Librarian of the Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies at Harvard University. He has held fellowships at the Center for 17th- & 18th-Century Studies (UCLA), the Harriman Institute for Russian, Eurasian, and East European Studies (Columbia University), and the John Hope Franklin Humanities Institute at Duke University (FHI). Most recently, he was the Benjamin N. Duke Fellow at the National Humanities Center (NHC) in Durham, NC.


Dr. Zitser is the author of The Transfigured Kingdom: Sacred Parody and Charismatic Authority at the Court of Peter the Great (Ithaca and London: Cornell University Press, 2004; Moscow: Novoe Literaturnoe Obozrenie, 2008), and has published in both historical and library journals on a wide variety of topics. He has also contributed blog posts to Humanities@DukeLibraries, Duke Digital Collections, The Devil's Tale: Dispatches from the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Been All Around This World: Missives from the International & Area Studies Department and All the Russias' blog of the NYU Jordan Center for the Advanced Study of Russia.

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