Education & Training
- PhD, Russian Literature and Culture, University of Pittsburgh, 2006
- MA, Russian Literature, University of Pittsburgh, 2001
- MA, Bulgarian Philology, Sofia University "Kliment Okhridski," 1997
- Stalinism: History, Ideology, Culture
- Russian Cinema
- Socialist Realism
- The New Barbarians
- Soviet Literature of the 1920s
- Beginning and Intermediate Polish
- Early Russian Culture (University of Pittsburgh)
Automatic for the Masses: The Death of the Author and the Birth of Socialist Realism, Toronto, Canada: University of Toronto Press, 2015.
with Lara Ryazanova-Clarke (ed.). The Vernaculars of Socialism: Language, Power and Ideology in the Soviet Union and Eastern Europe. New York, NY: Routledge, 2015.
“Gorky’s Return and the Energetics of Soviet Socialism.” Studies in East European Thought 1 (2018), 41-60.
“Mixing Signs and Bones: John Deely’s Case for Global Semiosis.” Sign System Studies 4 (2013), 404-423.
“The Industry of Truing: Socialist Realism, Reality, Realization.” Slavic Review 4 (2011): 873-892.
- Pre-and post-revolutionary Russian modernism(s)
- Stalinist culture and socialist realism
- Soviet language and ideology
Employment Since Graduation
Assistant Professor, Department of Slavic and Eurasian Studies, The University of Texas at Austin (2015 - present)
Assistant Professor, Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures, Princeton University (Fall 2007 - 2014)
Post - Doctoral Fellow, Humanities Center, University of Pittsburgh (2009 - 2010)
Dissertation Title and Year
Laying Bare: The Fate of Authorship in Early Soviet Culture, 2006