I was born in Wellington, New Zealand, where I lived for most of my life until university. I've also lived, worked, and/or studied in London, Paris, Cologne, St. Petersburg, Moscow, Philadelphia, and New York. In addition to English, I speak Russian, French, German, intermediate-level Ukrainian, and just enough Spanish to get by in my Dominican neighbourhood; on my list for future study are Polish, Yiddish, Georgian, Mongolian, and Hindi. I can also read Latin and Old Church Slavonic, within reason. When I'm not chained to my desk doing the things that academics do, I'm generally singing in some ensemble or other, or attempting some form of athletic activity (most recently yoga and boxing).
mail | 226A
Milbank Hall, Barnard
College, 3009 Broadway, New York, NY 10027
phone | 212-854-3133 email |
office hours | Mondays, 1-3 PM, and by appointment
For a full list of the courses I teach, click here.
- FYSB BC1617, Reacting to the Past (Barnard First-Year Seminar)
- Russian G6039, Literature, Politics, and Tradition After Stalin
Notes: Knowledge of Russian not required (dual reading list available). Open to advanced undergraduates with the instructor's permission.
|modern Russian (and German) literature music the 1920s auto/biography and first-person narrative
poetics of place Jewish-Slavic coterritoriality technology popular culture stories that come
[works in progress]
- Isaac Babel and the Self-ishness of Odessan Modernism (book manuscript)
- "Magical Discourses in Soviet Literature" (book project in development)
- "'A Monstrous Staircase': Inscribing the Revolution of 1905 On Odessa" (book chapter)
- "Feminine Resurrections: Gendering Redemption in the Last Novels of Tolstoy and Dostoevsky" (book chapter, under contract)
- "A Dog's-Eye View of the Soviet Union" (article in progress)
- "Nabokov's Hero of Our Time: A Five-Fold Self-Narrative" (article in progress)
- "Valentin Kataev and the Problem of Longevity" (article MS)
- "Battlestar Canonical: 'Galactica' and the Texts of Classical Antiquity" (book chapter, under contract )