Kayci Harris

Email: kschoon@wisc.edu

Advisors: Mary Lou Roberts and Laird Boswell

Kayci Harris


My research examines the connections between gender, tourism and travel, consumerism, class, and ideology in France and the Soviet Union during the Cold War. My dissertation explores these themes through the lens of ballet, analyzing the 1950s-70s Franco-Soviet exchange of ballet performers. Assessing French perceptions of Soviet performers and vice versa, I study the entanglement of ballet with artistic taste, consumerism, ideology, and national identity, as well as how performers’ personal connections and sightseeing across the Soviet border shaped cultural interaction between the two countries. This project illuminates how French and Soviet citizens imagined political and cultural differences between East and West in order to trace the cultural construction of the iron curtain.


M.A., University of Chicago, 2013
B.A., University of Georgia, 2012


  • European History

MA Title

  • “The Saint of the Faubourg: Edith Piaf, Nostalgia, and Femininity in postwar France”

Working Dissertation Title

  • “Pas de deux: Ballet exchanges and Franco-Soviet cultural interaction in the 1950s-70s

Selected Awards

  • Fulbright U.S. Student Program in Paris, France, 2016-2017
  • CREECA Summer 2017 Research Award
  • Ouisconsin Scholarship, Wisconsin Alumni Association, 2016
  • IRIS Fieldwork Award, Institute for Regional and International Studies, 2016
  • Marjorie and Lancelot Farrar Memorial Award, Society for French Historical Studies, 2016
  • Foreign Language and Area Studies Program Fellowship for Russian Language, 2014-2015 and 2015-2016

Courses Taught as TA

  • History 307: History of Ancient Rome