Vassili Schedrin is an adjunct professor and Coordinator of the Russian and East European Studies Network at Queen’s University. He teaches and studies a variety of topics related to cultural history of Russian Jews from the eighteenth to the twentieth century including Soviet Yiddish culture and theater. He is an author of Jewish Souls, Bureaucratic Minds: Jewish Bureaucracy and Policymaking in Late Imperial Russia, 1850-1917 (Detroit: Wayne State University Press, 2016) that examines the phenomenon of Jewish bureaucracy in the Russian empire; and co-author of In America non ci sono Zar. Le relazioni russo-statunitensi: questione ebraica e nascita della diplomazia umanitaria (1880-1914) [There are no Tsars in America. Russian-US Relations: the Jewish Question and the Birth of Humanitarian Diplomacy (1880-1914)] (Firenze: Le Lettere, 2021). His current project is a biography of Solomon Mikhoels, the brightest star of Soviet Yiddish theater and a virtual symbol of Russian Jewish culture. This project situated at the intersection of academic scholarship and theatrical performance, of archival research and playwriting.