Ph.D., Comparative Literature (with specialization in African American Literature), University of South Carolina, 2008
MA, Slavic Languages and Literatures (Russian Literature), University of Pittsburgh, 2009
BA, European and American Literatures, Saratov State University, Russia, 2001
University of Pittsburgh Cultural Studies Pre-Doctoral Fellowship, 2013/2014
University of Pittsburgh Andrew Mellon Pre-Doctoral Fellowship for the Humanities, 2011/2012
Ivan Elagin Fellowship, Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures, University of Pittsburgh, 2008/2009
Routledge Prize awarded to the best graduate student paper submitted to the SCLA Conference, 2008
Formative Masterpieces of 19th-century Russian Literature
Sci-Fi East and West
Vampire, Blood and Empire
Modern Russian Culture
Second, third, and fourth year Russian
“Nikita Mikhalkov’s Burnt by the Sun.” Routledge Encyclopedia of Film. (length: 2,000 words), [Forthcoming].
“From Consumption to Objectification in Viktor Pelevin’s ‘Akiko’.” Studies in Slavic Cultures. X (2011).
“Terrors of History: Revolutionary Gothic in ‘Mother Earth’ By Boris Pilniak.” Slavic and East European Journal. (Fall 2011).
Rev. of Stage Fright: Politics and the Performing Arts in Late Imperial Russia by Paul Du Quenoy. Slavic and East European Journal. (Winter. 2010): 726-28.
“Masks of Authenticity: Failed Quests for the People in Quicksand by Nella Larsen and The Silver Dove by Andrei Belyi.” The Comparatist - Journal of the SCLA. 32 (2008): 175-92.
Gothic/fantastic in Russian literature and culture
African American literature
Representative Conference Presentations
“From Carnival to Allegory: Fantastic Bodies in Viktor Pelevin’s Empire V and Ol’ga Slavnikova’s Light Head.” MLA Convention, Boston, January 2013
“Dark Provincial Melodramas in Recent Russian Cinema.” AAASS convention, New Orleans, November 2012
“Heterotopia in Olga Slavnikova’s 2017,” AATSEEL Convention, Seattle, January 2012
“Under Russian Eyes: Orientalism and Universalism in Makanin and Petrushevskaia.” AAASS convention, Los Angeles, November 2010
“Periphery as Chronotope in Svetlana Vasilenko’s Little Fool: Novel-Vita,” ACLA Convention, New Orleans, April 2010
Employment Since Graduation
Postdoctoral Fellow Havighurst Center of Russian and Post-Soviet Studies at Miami University 2015-2016