Ana Siljak

Associate Professor of Humanities


Ana Siljak is Associate Professor of Humanities in the Hamilton Center for Classcial and Civic Education. She received her PhD in History from Harvard University and was a professor of history at Queen’s University. She received a grant from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada to study the philosophy and literature of the Russian Silver Age. Her edited volume entitled Religion and Secular Modernity in Russian Christianity, Judaism, and Atheism is forthcoming from Cornell University Press in 2024, as is her edition of the translation of the correspondence of Nikolai Berdiaev and Jacques Maritain, to be published by McGill-Queen’s University Press. Her recent articles include “The Personalism of Nikolai Berdiaev,” in the Oxford Handbook of Russian Religious Thought; “Nikolai Berdiaev and the Origin of Russian Messianism,” published in the Journal of Modern History; “Sigmund Freud, Sublimation, and the Russian Silver Age, published in Modern Intellectual History; and “Friedrich Nietzsche, Dmitrii Merezhkovskii, and the Russian Renaissance,” published in Canadian Slavonic Papers. She is currently writing a book on the personalist philosophy of Nikolai Berdiaev.

Siljak’s first book, entitled Angel of Vengeance, on Russia’s first female terrorist, was nominated for the Charles Taylor Prize for narrative non-fiction and was named one of the top 100 books of the year by the Globe and Mail. She is currently a co-author of the textbook, Visions of the West, to be published by Oxford University Press in 2025. She has contributed essays to Mere Orthodoxy and the Literary Review of Canada.