Julie A. Buckler, the director of the humanities program in Academic Ventures at the Radcliffe Institute, is a Harvard College Professor and a professor of Slavic languages and literatures in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences. Her areas of interest include Russian literature, 19th-century and prerevolutionary prose, 18th-century literature, cultural studies and semiotics, performing arts and performance studies, urban studies, imperialism, monuments and commemorations, the art of interpretation, literary canon, and popular culture. She is a coeditor Rites of Place: Public Commemoration in Russia and Eastern Europe (Northwestern University Press, 2013) and author of Mapping St. Petersburg: Imperial Text and Cityshape (Princeton University Press, 2005), winner of the 2005–2006 Aldo and Jeanne Scaglione Prize for Studies in Slavic Languages and Literatures, and The Literary Lorgnette: Attending Opera in Imperial Russia (Stanford University Press, 2000), winner of the 2000 AATSEEL Prize for Best Book in Literary/Cultural Scholarship.
Buckler is a member of the American Association of Teachers of Slavic and East-European Languages, which she served as vice president. Among her awards are the Scaglione Prize for Studies in Slavic Languages and Literatures from the Modern Language Association and fellowships from the Foreign Language and Area Studies Program, the Jacob J. Javits Fellowship Program, and the Radcliffe Institute. She earned her BA from Yale University and her PhD from Harvard University.