Nicoletta Rousseva is an art historian and PhD candidate at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Her dissertation, provisionally titled Bad Comrades: Towards an Alternative History of Art after Socialism, examines contemporary film and performance art in the former Yugoslavia, particularly its response to the confluence of democracy, capitalism, and far-right politics in the region after 1989. She has presented research at the College Art Association’s annual conference, the Association for Art History's annual conference, the University of Chicago, and elsewhere. Her writing is featured in Art Journal and The Brooklyn Rail, with forthcoming work in Plot and There There. In addition to art in Eastern Europe, Nicoletta’s interests include intellectual histories of socialism and liberalism in the twentieth century, bureaucracy, and critical theory, particularly that of the Frankfurt School.