In May 2015 I completed a Ph.D. at the Department of Slavic and E. European Languages and Cultures at The Ohio State University, with a graduate certificate in Film Studies. My Curriculum Vitae is available here. I was recently hired as an Assistant Professor of Russian Studies at East Carolina University and will begin there in August.

My interest in post-Soviet cinema and culture manifested in my dissertation, titled “Projecting Social Concerns: Russian Auteur Cinema in the Putin Era.” This cultural studies work analyzes how post-millenial Russian cinema reflects important discourses of national identity, nationality policy & minority issues, and attitudes to authority.

My other research interests include Russian drama and 19th-century literature, Polish literature and cinema, and the Russian relationship to Central Asia and the CaucasusI have published two peer-reviewed articles and a review related to post-Soviet cinema, as well as an article on Russian drama (specifically, Aleksandr Griboedov and Anton Chekhov) and am revising an article for publication that analyzes the 19th-century Polish classic The Doll by Bolesław Prus.

I have taught a wide range of courses at Ohio State University, including all levels of Russian LanguageRussian Cinema and Literature. I have also taught a course titled “Central Asia in World Affairs,” and I am interested in teaching courses in Polish Literature and Film Studies. I taught as a visiting lecturer at the College of Wooster in Spring, 2012 and at Novosibirsk State Technical University in Russia for the 2007-2008 academic year.