Brief Resume

[See the C.V. tab for my full academic Curriculum Vitae.]


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

October 2013   Ph.D. in Slavic Languages & Literatures, Columbia University

October 2007   M.A. in Russian Literature, Columbia University

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

June 2002   A.B. in History and Literature, magna cum laude, Harvard University

June 1998   Graduated St. Paul’s School (Concord, New Hampshire), summa cum laude


Emma Willard School, Troy, NY (2018-)

  • Classical Mediterranean History
  • East Asian History
  • English II
  • U.S. History
  • Nature Writing and Beyond: Environmental Justice and Environmental Imagination
  • African American History and Literature

The Bard Prison Initiative, Hudson Valley, NY (Spring 2018)

• The 19th-Century Russian Novel

Woodstock Day School, Woodstock, NY (2017–2018)

• Global History (mixed 9th and 10th grade section, instructed as a part-time teacher)

University of St Andrews, Scotland (2014–2017)

• Designed and taught semester-long seminars on “Contemporary Russian Literature,” “Soviet Culture Under Stalin,” and “Russia’s Literary Easts”
• Taught components of first-, second-, and third-year Russian language
• Supervised undergraduate and M.A. theses, as well as year-abroad dissertations in Russian
• Contributed to multiple courses in the Comparative Literature Department

Columbia University, New York, NY (2008–2010)
• Designed and taught the course “The Novel in the U.S. and U.S.S.R., 1925–1940: Literature Confronts Social Crisis” (taught as winner of the Slavic Department Course Competition)
• Taught First-Year Russian I, First-Year Russian II, and Second-Year Russian I


  • I have been awarded fellowships and grants by the Fulbright Association, the Harriman Institute, New York University, the Mrs. Giles Whiting Foundation, and the American Councils Program.
  • I have published articles in academic journals such as Russian Literature and Serbian Studies (see the publications tab on this site) and have delivered invited lectures at Yale University, New York University, the University of Cambridge (UK), and several other institutions.
  • In 2015, while a faculty member in the School of Modern Languages at the University of St Andrews, I helped create an outreach program called Byre World. It continues to bring scholars into conversation with visiting guests at public events.


  •  A native speaker of English, I am fluent in Russian and have studied Arabic, Bulgarian, Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian, German, Latin, and Turkish.