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Sufian Zhemukhov is an award-winning author and performer. He received the 2020 J. J. Reneaux Emerging Artist Award, at the National Storytelling Network Festival, "to a storyteller of major and unique performing talent." He is The Moth Champion and winner at the 2018 National Storytelling Festival's Story Slam.

Sufian’s solo shows, "From Russia Without Love," "Flirting Like an American" and "Soviet Boy With Magic Powers," have been featured at festivals in Washington, DC, Rochester, NY and Cincinnati, OH.


Sufian's stories are based on his personal experience as a first-generation immigrant and associate research professor of international affairs at George Washington University. His recent book, Mass Religious Ritual and Intergroup Tolerance (Cambridge University Press), won the 2019 Best Book Award at the International Studies Association. Read more about him here.

Flirting Like An American

A naive single professor comes from Russia. His fluency in numbers and statistics is only matched by his cluelessness in the not-so-international language of women and romance.  Will he ever understand and be able to conquer the heart of the mysterious, exotic creature known as the American Woman? Will he find love or remain romantically monolingual forever Follow Sufian Zhemukhov’s harrowing and hilarious journey as he navigates the foreign world of dating and romance in the New World in "a show about romance, culture, and one immigrant's story," according to NPR.

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