Education & Training
- PhD, University of Pittsburgh, Slavic Languages & Literatures, 2003
- MA, Middlebury College, Russian, 1990
- MA, University of Massachusetts, German, 1986
- BA, Middlebury College, Political Science, 1983
- Elementary, Intermediate, Advanced, 4th-year Russian
- Literary Readings in Russian
- History of Russian Film
- Dostoevsky: The Major Novels
- The Russian Short Story
- Masterpieces of 19th-century Russian Literature
- Early Russian Culture (to 1825)
- Modern Russian Culture (since 1825)
- Vampire: Blood and Empire
- Russian Fairy Tales
“Dark World.” Directory of World Cinema: Russia 2. UK: Intellect. 2015.
"Commissar,” “4.” 100 Russian Films: The Canon of the Russian Cinema. Vinnitsa: Globus.
“Viktor Olegovich Pelevin.” Russian Writers Since 1980.
Dictionary of Literary Biography. Detroit: Gale, 2004.
“Viktor Pelevin and the End of Sots-Art.” Endquote: Sots-Art Literature and the Soviet Grand Style. Evanston: Northwestern UP, 2000.
"Pushkin in the Work of Andrei Platonov." Graduate Essays on Slavic Languages and Literature Pittsburgh: Center for Russian and East European Studies, University of Pittsburgh, 1994.
Representative Conference Presentations
“Returning to Chechnya: The Case of Mikhalkov.” Association for Slavic, East European, & Eurasian Studies, 2010.
“You Never Loved Me: Maternal Abandonment and Russian Identity in Cinema under Putin.” American Association for the Advancement of Slavic Studies, 2009.
“Welcome Back: The Return of Chechnya to Russian Cinema.” Modern Language Association, 2008.
“Boris Frumin's Aesthetic of Anti-Nostalgia.” American Association for the Advancement of Slavic Studies, 2007.
“Political Violence in the Films of Shakhnazarov.” American Association of Teachers of Slavic and East European Languages, 2006.
Employment Since Graduation
Defense Language Institute, Washington DC, Associate Professor, 2017 -
Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures, University of Pittsburgh, Lecturer and Russian Language Coordinator, Sept. 2007 – April 2017.
Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures, University of Pittsburgh, Visiting Lecturer in Russian, Sept. 2006 – April 2007.
Dissertation Title and Year
The Post-Soviet condition: Cultural Reconfigurations of Russian National Identity, 2006