Madina Tlostanova (Moscow, 1970) is a decolonial theorist and writer. She is a professor of philosophy at RANEPA (Moscow, since 2012). From 2004 to 2012 she held a professorship in the history of philosophy at Peoples' Friendship University and was a senior researcher of the 20th century American literature at Gorky Institute of World Literature in Moscow (1997-2003). Trained in Moscow State University as an American Studies major, she drifted to transcultural aesthetics to finally shift to post/decolonial interpretations of the post-Soviet subjectivities, fiction and contemporary art. She was a DAAD visiting professor in the University of Bremen (Germany, 2006, 2011), an international researcher at Duke University (USA, 2007), a visiting scholar at TEMA GENUS, Linkoping University (2013, Sweden).
Tlostanova has authored eight scholarly books and 250 articles published in Europe and the Americas, including Gender Epistemologies and Eurasian Borderlands (Palgrave Macmillan, 2010) and Learning to Unlearn: Decolonial Reflection from Eurasia and the Americas (co-authored with Walter Mignolo, Ohio State University Press, 2012). Currently she is finishing a book on decolonial aesthesis, contemporary art and the post-Socialist imaginary.