I’m a teacher, parent, scholar of Russian literature and language, and generally curious fellow.
I hold a Ph.D. in Slavic Languages and Literatures and have taught courses in Russian language, Russian literature, and comparative literature at Columbia University, the University of St. Andrews (Scotland), and the Bard Prison Initiative. I have also taught English and history at the secondary school level, first at Woodstock Day School and now at Emma Willard School in Troy, New York.
My published research focuses on Russian and Soviet literature of the 19th and 20th centuries, and I have worked extensively on the Russian cultural and environmental relationship to Central Asia. In the past few years, my attention has shifted toward the U.S. and the practices of activism, participatory democracy, and pedagogy. Right now I am most interested in exploring climate pedagogy and integrating discussions of environmental justice into my courses.
I am a proud resident of the Hudson Valley and Capital District.