Karen L. Ryan is professor of Slavic languages and literatures at the University of Virginia. She is author of Contemporary Russian Satire: A Genre Study.
"Ryan is unique in her focus on the methods and devices used for satiric distortion of Stalin's image. This angle allows her to examine Soviet/Russian national complexes rather than Stalin as a historical figure." - Mark Lipovetsky, author of Russian Postmodernist Fiction: Dialogue with Chaos"