[This CV was last updated in June 2019.]
A. FIELDS OF RESEARCH
19th- and 20th-Century Russian Literature, Soviet Cultural History, Central Asian Studies, Environmental Humanities
2013 Ph.D. in Slavic Languages & Literatures, Columbia University
2010 M.Phil. in Russian Literature, with a minor in Balkan Studies, Columbia University
2010 Harriman Institute Certificate in Russian, East European, and Eurasian area studies
2007 M.A. in Russian Literature, Columbia University
2003 M.A. in Ethnicity Studies and Balkan Studies, Sofia University, Bulgaria
2002 A.B. in History and Literature, magna cum laude, Russia and American fields; certificate in Russian language, Harvard University
Dissertation and Theses
2013 “The Rise of Insider Iconography: Visions of Soviet Turkmenia in Russian-Language Film and Literature, 1921–1935.” Ph.D. Dissertation, Columbia University. Sponsor: Valentina Izmirlieva. Committee: Boris Gasparov, Irina Reyfman, Cathy Popkin, Katerina Clark (Yale University).
2007 “An Oasis of Socialism Becomes a Poor, Flat Space: Similes and the Desert in Andrei Platonov’s ‘Takyr’ and Dzhan.” M.A. Thesis, Columbia University. Sponsor: Irina Reyfman.
2003 “Unimagining the Balkans: Modern Fictional Representations of the Region and Their (Potential) Integrating Role.” M.A. Thesis, Sofia University. Sponsor: Ivan Ilchev.
2002 “Whose U.S.A.? The Failure of the Americanization and the Sovietization of John Dos Passos.” A.B. Thesis, Harvard College. Sponsor: Joseph Entin.
Additional Professional Training
Summer 2019 Participant in the “Thinking Historically Through Writing” workshop at the Institute for Writing and Thinking at Bard College.
Summer 2019 Participant in the Environmental Literature Institute at Phillips Academy Exeter.
Fall 2017 Visiting Scholar at the Hannah Arendt Center for Politics and Humanities at Bard College
Summer 2017 Adult Literacy Tutor Training, Ulster Literacy Association, Kingston, NY
Fall 2011 Affiliation with The Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities, Russian State University for the Humanities, Moscow (Sponsor: Elena Shumilova)
Summer 2010 Graduate program, Kathryn Wasserman Davis School of Russian, Middlebury College
Summer 2007 ACTR Summer Program for Teachers of Russian Language, Moscow State University
Summer 2002 Undergraduate program (level 7), Kathryn Wasserman Davis School of Russian, Middlebury College
English, Russian: Native and Near Native
Bulgarian, Old Church Slavonic, Latin, German: Reading Knowledge
Fellowships and Grants
May 2017 New York University Jordan Center Short-Term Fellowship
May 2015 Santander Research and Travel Fund Grant, University of St Andrews
2013–2014 Harriman Institute Postdoctoral Fellowship
2012–2013 Mrs. Giles Whiting Foundation Dissertation Fellowship
Summer 2012 Mogilat Fund Fellowship for research in Russia, Columbia Slavic Department
Spring 2012 Harriman Institute Junior Fellowship
Spring 2012 Isaac Henry Ergas Fellowship for research in Turkic and Central Asian Studies
Fall 2011 Columbia University Mellon Traveling Fellowship for archival research in Russia
2011–2013 Columbia University Core Preceptorship for Literature Humanities (declined)
Summer 2011 PepsiCo Fellowship for Research Travel
Summer 2011 Raskin Fund Award, Columbia Slavic Department
2010–2011 Harriman Institute, Columbia University Seminars, and Columbia Slavic Department Discretionary Funds (three-day international conference on Andrei Platonov)
Summer 2010 Foreign Languages and Area Studies Fellowship (Russian)
Summer 2010 Summer Research Lab Fellowship, REEC, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
2009–2010 Harriman Fund for Slavic Studies Fellowship, Columbia University
Summer 2009 Raskin Fund Award, Columbia Slavic Department
2008-2009 Columbia University Slavic Annual Fund Fellowship
Summer 2008 Mogilat Fund Fellowship for research in Central Asia, Columbia Slavic Department
2007–2008 Foreign Languages and Area Studies Fellowship (Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian)
Summer 2007 American Councils Summer Program for Russian Language Teachers Fellowship
Summer 2007 Harriman Institute Summer Language Fellowship
2006–2010 Faculty Fellowship, Columbia University
2002–2003 Fulbright Fellowship, Bulgaria
Other Academic Awards and Honors
2015 Shortlisted to be a BBC Radio “New Generation Thinker” as part of a AHRC/BBC public outreach scheme.
2013 Best Doctoral Student Paper (Eurasia), Association for the Studies of Nationalities (ASN) Conference
2009 Winner, Slavic Department Course Competition, Columbia University
2007 Pushkin Poetry Prize for best original translation, Columbia University
2002 Nomination for Phi Beta Kappa, Harvard College
1999–2001 John Harvard Scholarships (Rank I), Harvard College
1999 Detur Prize for Academic Excellence, Harvard College
In progress Against the Desert: Russian Representations of the Karakum, 1824-1954
2012 Editor-in-Chief, Ulbandus XIV: Andrei Platonov: Style, Context, Meaning. Full issue available via JSTOR.
2002 Editor-in-Chief, Let’s Go: Eastern Europe 2002 (New York: St. Martin’s Press).
Under review “Traveling Poetic Selves in the Soviet Era: The Case of Nikolai Tikhonov.” Currently being considered for publication.
2015 “Performing as Soviet Central Asia’s Source Texts: Lahuti and Džambul in Moscow,
1935-1936.” Cahiers d’Asie centrale N°24. Littérature et société en Asie centrale, a special issue edited by Gulnara Aitpaeva and Marc Toutant (2015): 213-238. Available online here.
2013 “Collective Authorship and Platonov’s Socialist Realism.” Russian Literature 73.1/2: Special Issue on Andrej Platonov (2013): 57-83. Available via JSTOR and as a pdf here.
2008 “Enlisting Words Against Words: Danilo Kiš’s Enumeration.” Serbian Studies 22.1 (2008): 1–15.
2013 “Prostranstvennyi obraz tkani v ‘Iuvenil’nom more’ A. Platonova” (“The Spatial Image of the Web in Andrei Platonov’s The Sea of Youth”). Translated by S. Levchin and K. Holt. In Poetika Andreia Platonova. Sbornik 1. Na puti “Iuvenil’nomu moriu,edited by Evgenii Iablokov, 82-102. Belgrade: International Platonov Seminar, 2013. Available online at http://www.platonovseminar.com/docs/2013.pdf.
2010 “The Gavriliada as Gossip.” Ulbandus XII: Pushkin (2009/2010): 1–20. Available on JSTOR and as a pdf here.
2016 Review of “Sanna Turoma and Maxim Waldstein, eds., Empire De/Centred: New Spatial Histories of Russia and the Soviet Union,” in Slavonica 21.1 (2016).
Translations from Russian
2016 Co-translator, with other members of the Cement Collective. Roman Osminkin, selections of poetry and prose. Published in the “Poetry after Language” Colloquy on Stanford University’s digital humanities platform Arcade. http://arcade.stanford.edu/content/roman-osminkin-poetry-and-prose
2015 Translator. Ilya Budraitskis, “The Western Critic at a Crossroads.” Published by LeftEast, September 29, 2015.http://www.criticatac.ro/lefteast/the-western-hypocrite-at-a-crossroads/
2014 Co-translator, with Marijeta Bozovic. Ilya Budraitskis, “The Weakest Link of Managed Democracy: How the Parliament Gave Birth to Non-Parliamentary Politics,” South Atlantic Quarterly113.1 (Winter 2014): 169–185. Available online here.
2013 Co-translator/subtitler, with Molly Thomasy Blasing. Video excerpt from “Pussy Riot: The Sequel,” a theater performance at Columbia University, March 13, 2013.
2012 Co-translator, with Rossen Djagalov, Maksim Hanukai, Ainsley Morse, and Roman Utkin, “I Love,” by Vladimir Mayakovsky. Experimental collaborative translation, self-published online at: http://cementcollective.com/dead-poets/mayakovsky-i-love/.
2012 Co-editor/translator. Full English-language translation of the closing statements by the defendants in the Pussy Riot trial. Published with translator commentary as Maria Alyokhina, Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, and Yekaterina Samutsevich, “Pussy Riot Closing Statements,” on the website of n+1 (August 13, 2012).
Additional Editorial Work
2016–2017 Co-curation, with Prof. L. Mieka Erley (Colgate University), of the public colloquy “The Imagined Heart of Asia,” which will feature academic articles and book chapters about the cultural construction of Central Asia. To be published in 2017 on Stanford’s digital salon “Arcade” (http://arcade.stanford.edu/colloquies).
Summer 2013 Editing for the article cluster “The Russian Protests in Global Context” (with Alexei Penzin, Maria Chehonadskikh, Ilya Matveev, and Marijeta Bozovic), South Atlantic Quarterly 113.1 (Winter 2014): 162–209.
2010–2012 Editor-in-Chief, Ulbandus (Columbia University Slavic Review), Columbia University
2007–2010 Associate Editor, Ulbandus, Columbia University
Spring 2006 Intern for the television documentary Frontline: News War (air date: Feb. 13, 2007)
Fall 2005 Intern for the weekly radio program On the Media, WNYC
2001–2002 Co-Fiction Editor, The Harvard Advocate, Harvard University
D. TEACHING EXPERIENCE
Emma Willard School:
Classical Mediterranean History
East Asian History
Bard Prison Initiative
“19th-Century Russian Literature: Big Ideas and Big Novels” (Writing-Intensive Course)
Woodstock Day School
Global History, Mixed 9th- and 10th-Grade Section
University of St Andrews
Grammar Component for RU1002 (second-semester Russian)
Russian-to-English Translation Component for RU3002 (third-year Russian)
RU4132, “Contemporary Russian Literature” (honours module taught and designed with Dr Boris Dralyuk, included lectures and seminars)
Supervisor for five year-abroad dissertations (third-year Russian)
Seminars on Lermontov and Turgenev for CO4002 (Comparative Literature Module on “The Literary Canon” )
Four Seminars for ML5002 (Postgraduate Literature Module on Literary Theory)
Supervisor for Masters Dissertation on Olga Grushin and Andrei Makine
Grammar Component for RU1001 (first-semester Russian)
Literature Component for RU1005 (post-A-level Russian)
RU3046, “Soviet Culture Under Stalin” (self-designed honours module, included lectures and seminars)
Seminars on Postcolonialism for CO3001 (Comparative Literature Module on Literary Theory)
Three Sections of Mixed Skills for RU1002 (First-Year Russian II)
Seven Weeks of 20th-Century Literature Component for RU2004 and RU2006 (Lecture & Seminars for Second-Year Russian)
Russian-to-English Translation Component for RU3002 (Third-Year Russian)
Supervisor for Undergraduate Dissertation on Chingiz Aitmatov
Weekly Seminars for CO2002 (Comparative Literature Module on “Journeys”)
Lermontov Seminar for CO4002 (Final-Year Comparative Literature Module on “The Literary Canon” )
Two Seminars on Postcolonial Theory for ML5002 (Postgraduate Literature Module on Literary Theory)
Weekly Literature Seminars for RU1005 (Post-A-Level Russian I)
Russian-to-English Translation Component for RU1005 (Post-A-Level, First-Year Russian)
Russian-to-English Translation Component for RU3001 (Third-Year Russian)
Russian-to-English Translation Component for RU3005 (Post-Year-Abroad, Third-Year Russian)
Two Seminars on Postcolonial Theory for CO3001 (Comparative Literature Module on Literary Theory
RU3044, “Russia’s Literary Easts” (self-designed honours module, included lectures and seminars)
Supervisor for Undergraduate Dissertation on Chingiz Aitmatov
The Novel in the U.S. and U.S.S.R., 1925–1940: Literature Confronts Social Crisis (self-designed; taught as winner of the Slavic Department Course Competition)
Second-Year Russian I
First-Year Russian II
First-Year Russian I
E. RECORD OF EMPLOYMENT
Fall 2018-present Instructor of English and History, Emma Willard School
Spring 2018 Instructor, Bard Prison Initiative
2017-2018 Global History Teacher (part-time), Woodstock Day School
2014-2017 Lecturer (Assistant Professor) in Russian, University of St Andrews
2008–2010 Instructor, Department of Slavic Languages & Literatures, Columbia University
2005–2006 Fact Checker, Travel + Leisure magazine
2004 Research Assistant for David Rothkopf’s Running the World: The Inside Story of the National Security Council and the Architects of American Power (PublicAffairs, 2005)
2002 Managing Editor, Let’s Go Publications, Harvard University
2001 Editor-in-Chief, Let’s Go: Eastern Europe 2002 (published 2002, by St. Martin’s Press).
2000 Researcher-Writer, Let’s Go: Eastern Europe 2001, Poland and Harvard University
F. LECTURES AND CONFERENCES
2015-2016 “Society and Spectacle” seminar series, Centre for Russian, Soviet, Central and East European Studies at St Andrews. See http://www.st-andrews.ac.uk/crscees/seminar.php
Invited Lectures and Presentations
2017 “Combat in and with the Desert: Three Russian Travelogues about Turkmenia and Their Environmental Significance.” Delivered at New York University’s Jordan Center. May 12, 2017.
2016 Sensing the Great ‘Yellow Space’ of Soviet Central Asia: Depictions of the Kara-Kum Desert in the Early 1930s.” Lecture delivered at the University of Cambridge, as part of the Department of Slavonic Studies’ biennial public lecture series for 2015-16, entitled “A Sense of Place.” February 4, 2016
2014 “Writing the Soviet Subject in the Stalinist Desert: Narratives of Turkmenia in the
1930s.” Lecture delivered at the Yale University Slavic Colloquium, April 23, 2014.
2012 “Field Notes from Moscow: Retraining on the Ground.” Remarks delivered at the roundtable “Literary Fact and Literary Life,” at the University of Pennsylvania, October 8, 2012. Hand-out available here.
2012 “Translating Pussy Riot.” Remarks delivered at the roundtable “Pussy Riot: Performance, Politics, and Protest,” at New York University’s Jordan Russia Center, September 14, 2012. Presentation text available here.
2011 “Kul’turnoe stroitel’stvo Srednei Azii, 1921–1939.” [“The Cultural Construction of Central Asia, 1921-1939.”] Lecture delivered to the Andrei Platonov archivists at the Institute of World Literature, Russian Academy of Sciences, December 14, 2011.
Papers at Specialized Conferences and Workshops
2015 “A Place of Devastation: The Desert in the Russian Silver Age,” at theinterdisciplinary conference “Topographies: Places to Find Something,” University of Bristol, 14 May, 2015.
2015 “Mature Literary Ambassadors: Tikhonov and Skosyrev in the Post-War Era.” Presented at the workshop “Transnational Contacts in the Socialist World,” at Tufts
University, on March 27, 2015.
2014 “Nationality Performance as and in Translation: Embodying Central Asian Literature in the 1930s.” Presented at the international conference “Translation in Russian Contexts: Transcultural, Translingual and Transdisciplinary Points of Departure,” held at Uppsala University June 3-7, 2014.
2011 “Collective Authorship and Platonov’s Socialist Realism.” Presented at the conference “Platonov Revisited. Past and Present Views on the Land of the Philosophers,” hosted by Ghent University, May 26, 2011.
2010 “Respatializing Identity in Stalinist Central Asia: The Almanac for the 10th Anniversary of Turkmenistan, 1924–1934.” Presented at the Central Asian Workshop for Junior Scholars, Summer Research Laboratory, University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana,
June 14–16, 2010.
2010 “Fixing Turkmenistan in Space.” Presented at the annual graduate student conference of the Organization for the Advancement of Studies of Inner Asian Societies
(OASIES), April 10, 2010.
Papers at National Conventions
2017 “The Kara-Kum Canal in the Russian Imaginary: Writing Out Possibilities of Rust and Resistance.” Presented at the Association for Study of Literature and Environment (ASLE) biennial conference, June 21, 2017.
2015 “Embodying East-West Translation: Tikhonov, Krachkovskii, and Naimy.” Presented at the Association for Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies (ASEEES) annual convention, November 20, 2015.
2014 Petr Skosyrev as a Russian Literary Ambassador of the Soviet “East.” Presented at the ASEEES annual convention, November 22, 2014.
2013 “Platonov’s Turkmenistan and the Practice of ‘Insider Iconography.’” Presented in
absentia at the ASEEES annual convention, November 21, 2013.
2013 “Emissaries to Moscow: Representing Soviet Central Asian Literature, 1933–1937.”
Presented at the annual Association for the Study of Nationalities (ASN) convention,
April 18, 2013.
2012 “Abul’kasim Lakhuti and the Cultural Construction of Soviet Central Asia.” Presented at the ASEEES annual convention, November 17, 2012.
2011 “Nikolai Tikhonov, Soviet Kiplingism, and Central Asia.” Presented at the ASEEES
annual convention, November 18, 2011.
2011 “The Soviet ‘Spatial Turn’ to Central Asia, 1921–1928.” Presented at the biennial
conference of the European Society for Central Asian Studies (ESCAS),
September 20, 2011.
2011 “The ‘Spatial Turn’ to Asia in Vsevolod Ivanov’s The Return of the Buddha.”
Presented at the annual Columbia-Princeton student Slavic conference, March 25, 2011.
2009 “The Gavriliada as Gossip.” Presented at the American Association for the
Advancement of Slavic Studies (AAASS) annual convention, November 13, 2009.
2008 “Alice in Cyberpunk Land: Igor Voloshin’s Nirvana and the Return of the 1990s.”
Presented at the AAASS annual convention, November 22, 2008.
2008 “Teaching Pushkin’s Biography.” Presented at the “Teaching Pushkin” roundtable at the AAASS annual convention, November 21, 2008.
2008 “Enumeration in Danilo Kiš’s Hourglass.” Presented at the annual Mid-Atlantic Slavic Conference (MASC), March 29, 2008.
2007 “An Oasis of Socialism Becomes a Poor, Flat Space: Similes and the Desert in Andrei
Platonov’s ‘Takyr’ and Dzhan.” Presented at the annual American Association of Teachers of Slavic and East European Languages (AATSEEL) conference, December 28, 2007.
2011 “Places and Perceptions: Space and Identity in Inner Eurasia” (with the other board members of the Organization for the Advancement of Studies of Inner Eurasian Societies). Graduate student conference, Columbia University, April 9, 2011.
2011 “Healing Paradigms and the Politics of Health in Central Asia” (with Professor Valentina Izmirlieva and her assistants). International interdisciplinary conference, Columbia University Global Health Research Center of Central Asia and the Harriman Institute, April 8, 2011.
2011 “Andrei Platonov: Style, Context, Meaning” (with assistance from Margo Rosen). International conference, Columbia University and the Harriman Institute, February 10–12, 2011. Conference description and program available online at: http://harriman.columbia.edu/event/andrei-platonov-style-context-meaning.
Panel Chairing and Moderation
2014 Chair, “Culture and Activism in the 2011–13 Russian Protest Movements,” Modern Language Association (MLA) annual conference, January 10, 2014.
2013 Chair, “Social Movements and Neoliberalism in the Postsocialist World #4: Utopias,” at the at the annual conference of the Association for Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies (ASEEES), November 23, 2013.
2012 Chair, “Cross-Border Imaginings in the Far East: Russia-China-Japan,” at the ASEEES annual conference, November 15, 2012.
2011 Chair, “Textual Encounters Across Eurasia,” annual graduate student conference of the Organization for the Advancement of Studies of Inner Eurasian Societies (OASIES), April 9, 2011.
2009 Chair/Discussant, “Contemporary Literary Relations,” Mid-Atlantic Slavic Conference (MASC), April 4, 2009.
Additional Intellectual Programming
2015-2016 Co-creator and co-organizer of the “Byre World” public engagement program at the Byre Theatre, St Andrews. https://www.st-andrews.ac.uk/modlangs/research/conferences/byreworld/
2013 “It’s No Good.” Reading and book presentation by Kirill Medvedev and Keith Gessen, author and translator of It’s No Good: Poems, Essays, and Actions (Ugly Duckling Press and n+1 Books, 2013). Columbia University, April 24, 2013.
2013 “The Learning Film Group and the Lessons of History.” A Russian-language lecture and film screening by historian and activist Ilya Budraitskis. Columbia University, March 27, 2013.
2013 “Pussy Riot-The Sequel.” A Russian-language witness theater production by Varvara Faer (Teatr.doc, Moscow) about the performance group Pussy Riot, Columbia University, March 13, 2013.
2015-2016 Director of the St Andrews Centre for Russian, Soviet, Central and Eastern European Studies (http://www.st-andrews.ac.uk/crscees/).
2015-2016 Co-organizer of the Byre World public outreach initiative (https://www.st-andrews.ac.uk/modlangs/research/conferences/byreworld/).
2015-2016 Russian Representative on the School of Modern Languages Postgraduate Committee and the School of Modern Languages Research Strategy Committee, University of St Andrews
Fall 2014 Russian Representative on the School of Modern Languages Postgraduate Committee
2008–2011 Rapporteur, Columbia University Seminar on Slavic History and Culture
2010–2011 Board Member, Columbia chapter of the Organization for the Advancement of Studies of Inner Eurasian Societies (OASIES)
2010–2011 Assistant to the Director, Columbia University Global Health Research Center of Central Asia: Culture, Religion, & Communication Unit
2007–2008 Officer (elected by faculty), Slavic Department Curriculum Committee, Columbia University
2007–2008 Slavic Department Representative (elected by graduate students), Columbia University Graduate Student Advisory Committee
H. PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS
American Association of Teachers of Slavic and East European Languages (AATSEEL)
Association for the Study of Literature and Environment (ASLE)
Association for Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies (ASEEES)
International Platonov Seminar (IPS, http://www.platonovseminar.com/)
Cement, a translation collective (http://cementcollective.com/)
Professor Valentina Izmirlieva, Department of Slavic Languages & Literatures, Columbia University.email@example.com, 212-854-3941.
Professor Boris Gasparov, Department of Slavic Languages & Literatures, Columbia University. firstname.lastname@example.org, 212-854-6287.
Professor Irina Reyfman, Department of Slavic Languages & Literatures, Columbia University. email@example.com, 212-854-5696.
Dr. Alla Smyslova, Department of Slavic Languages & Literatures, Columbia University. firstname.lastname@example.org, 212-854-8155.
Professor Marijeta Bozovic, Department of Slavic Languages & Literatures, Yale University, email@example.com, 917-887-5197.