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Sunnie Rucker-Chang

Title: Assistant Professor of Slavic, Director of European Studies
Office: 731 Old Chemistry Building
Tel: 513-556-2716
Email: ruckersu@ucmail.uc.edu

Sunnie Rucker-Chang
PhD, Ohio State University, 2010 (Slavic Languages and Literatures)
Dr. Sunnie Rucker-Chang's primary interests lie in contemporary cultural movements and identity formation in Central and Southeast Europe. In her work, she examines how literary and filmic works contribute to cultural landscapes and offer insight into the formation of nations and nationalities in the region, particularly as they relate to the construction of minority-majority relations and formations of difference. Other research interests include émigré and exile literature and the application of post-colonial thought to post-socialist contexts. 


Research Information

Research Support

  • (PI), Rucker-Chang, Sunnie, Roma Inclusion and US Civil Rights: A Legal and Cultural Comparison, UC's University Research Council. (URC AHSS Faculty Stipend Awards AY2015-16), $6,000.00. 05-01-2016 to 04-30-2017. Status: Active.
  • (PI), Sunnie Rucker-Chang, Roma Inclusion and US Civil Rights: A Legal and Cultural Comparison, Taft Summer Research Fellowship. $8,000. Status: Completed.
  • (PI), Sunnie Rucker-Chang, "Between Crescent and Stars", Florida State University First Year Assistant Professor Grant. $20,000. 06-01-2012 to 08-01-2012. Status: Completed.


Peer-reviewed Publications

  • Rucker-Chang, Sunnie (2014). The Turkish Connection: Neo-Ottoman Influence in Post-Dayton Bosnia . Journal of Muslim Minority Affairs, 34 (2).
  • Sunnie Rucker-Chang (2018). (In Press). "Challenging Americanism and Europeanism: African-Americans and Roma in the American South and European Union ‘South’". Journal of Transatlantic Studies.
  • Sunnie Rucker-Chang (2018). (In Press). "African-American and Romani Filmic Representation and the 'Posts' of Post-Civil Rights and Post-EU Expansion". Critical Romani Studies.
  • Sunnie Rucker-Chang (2018). (In Press). "Roma Filmic Representation as Postcolonial 'Object'". Interventions: International Journal of Postcolonial Studies.

Invited Publications

  • Sunnie Rucker-Chang (2016). "The Transnational Imaginary of Vladimir Arsenijević`s Predator". Liceum: Journal for Literary and Cultural Studies (Center for Scientific Research of Serbian Academy of Arts and Sciences and University of Kragujevac), 22 (16), 175.
  • Rucker-Chang, Sunnie (2015). New Belgrade, New Ghetto?: Estrangement, Dislocation, and Globalization in Serbian Ghetto Films.. Serbian Studies Research, 6 (1), 225.

Published Books

  • FElix Chang & Sunnie Rucker-Chang (2011). Chinese Migrants in Russia, Central Asia and Eastern Europe. Oxon: Routledge (Co-Editor).
  • Chang, Felix and Sunnie Rucker-Chang (In Progress). Roma Inclusion and U.S. Civil Rights: A Legal and Cultural Comparison. New York: Cambridge University Press (Co-Author).

Book Chapters

  • Sunnie Rucker-Chang (2011). “Filmic Representations of the Chinese Presence in Serbia, Croatia, Bosnia and Slovenia”. Chinese Migrants in Russia, Central Asia and Eastern Europe London: Routledge.

Additional Publications

Technical Translation

  • Larin, Victor (2011). Oxon: Routledge (Co-Editor).
  • Datsyshen, Vladimir (2011)..


  • Sunnie Rucker-Chang (2015). Cinemas in Transition in Central and Eastern Europe after 1989 (Rev. of Cinemas in Transition in Central and Eastern Europe after 1989). Slavic and East European Journal ..
  • Sunnie Rucker-Chang (2016). (Rev. of From Class to Identity: The Politics of Education Reforms in Former Yugoslavia, Bacevic, Jana ). Slavic and East European Journal..

Presentations & Lectures

Invited Presentations

  • Sunnie Rucker-Chang (12-06-2016). "Decoding the 'Post' in Post-Yugoslav Film" virtual presentation, University of Helsinki.
  • Sunnie Rucker-Chang (06-09-2017). "Gender and Sexuality in Vampire Cinema" University of Chiba, Japan.
  • Sunnie Rucker-Chang (10-01-2017). Presentation of Ryna (Ruxandra Zenide, dir, 2005) BALKAN AND CENTRAL ASIAN WOMEN FILMMAKERS:FINDING THEIR OWN VOICES IN POST-SOCIALIST CINEMA, University of Pittsburgh.
  • Sunnie Rucker-Chang (02-22-2018). "African-American Filmic Representation: A Diachronic Approach " Central Council of German Sinti and Roma, Berlin, Germany.
  • Sunnie Rucker-Chang (03-24-2018). "Chinese Migrants in Former Yugoslav Space at the time of Transition" Midwest Slavic Conference "Borders, Barriers, and Belonging: A Spotlight on Global Migration," Plenary Panel, Columbus, OH.

Paper Presentations

  • Sunnie Rucker-Chang (11-21-2015). "Roma Integration and Inclusion: The View from Eastern Europe", Durham, NC.
  • Rucker-Chang, Sunnie (04-29-2016). "Hospitality, Responsibility, and Passing Through the Balkans: The Refugee Crisis and the Serbian Response", Salt Lake City, UT.
  • Sunnie Rucker-Chang (09-15-2016). "Articulating Americanism and Europeanism after the Financial Crisis: Race, Roma, and African-Americans", Stockholm, Sweden.
  • Rucker-Chang, Sunnie (11-18-2016). Yugoslav Filmic Imaginings in a Post-Yugoslav Context, Washshington, DC.
  • Rucker-Chang, Sunnie (05-23-2017). “Representing Difference: African-Americans and Roma in Film” , Budapest, Hungary.
  • Sunnie Rucker-Chang (08-31-2017). “Defining Self by Way of the Other in Roming", Nicosia, Cyprus.
  • Sunnie Rucker-Chang (11-09-2017). "Student Migration and the Non-Aligned Movement in Yugoslav Space" , Chicago, IL.

Experience & Service


  • Member, UC International European Strategy Group Advisory Committee,
  • Director, European Studies
  • Committee Member, University Diversity and Inclusion Committee,
  • Member, Charles Phelps Taft Research Center Executive Board Committee,