Associate Professor of Russian and Russian Studies



Office: KEI217

Office Hours

Fall 2017-Spring 2018: On Sabbatical


Ph.D., Slavic Languages and Literatures (University of California, Berkeley)

Dissertation: “Conceptualizing ‘Symbolism’: Institutions, Publications, Readers, and the Russian Propagation of an Idea”

M.A., Slavic Languages and Literatures (University of California, Berkeley)

B.A., Russian Literature (Columbia University)


  • Russian Symbolism and Decadence
  • Modernist periodical studies
  • Comparative theories of Decadence
  • History and theory of the book
  • Sociology of texts




  • A Leap from the Temple of Culture into the Abyss: Decadent Vitality at the Fin de Siècle (in progress)
  • The Institutions of Russian Modernism: Conceptualizing, Publishing, and Reading Symbolism (Northwestern University Press, forthcoming)
  • Historical Dictionary of Russian Literature (Scarecrow Press, 2013)​

Articles and Book Chapters

  • “Еще раз о Фукс: Пародия и подражание в раннем творчестве В.Я. Брюсова” in Брюсовские чтения 2013. (Yerevan/Moscow: IMLI RAN, 2014).
  • “Making the Symbolist Book/Fashioning the Symbolist Reader: The Case of Aleksandr Dobroliubov's Collected Verses” in Reading in Russia. Literary Communication and Practices of Reading, 1760-1930, Damiano Rebecchini and Raffaella Vassena, eds. (Milan: Di/Segni, 2014).
  • “Decadent Style with a Symbolist Worldview: Andrei Bely, Dmitrii Merezhkovskii, and the Perils of Surfaces” Modernism/Modernity 21:1 ( January 2014): 269-282.
  • "Aleksandr Blok and the Rise of Biographical Symbolism" Slavic and East European Journal  54:4 (Winter 2010): 626-642.
  • “The Literal Symbolist: Solov’ev, Briusov, and the Reader of Early Russian Symbolism” The Russian Review 67:3 (July 2008): 373-386.
  • “Polyphony and the Atomic Age: Bakhtin’s Assimilation of an Einsteinian Universe” PMLA 123:2 (March 2008): 405-421.
  • “Palitra simvolistov i ottenki Belogo: Estetika tsveta v rannei poetike A. Belogo” in Andrei Belyiizmeniaiushchemsia mire: k 125-letiiu so dnia rozhdeniia. Moscow: Nauka, 2008: 508-514.

Course Information

RUS 101: Elementary Russian I

RUS 102: Elementary Russian II

RUS 201: Intermeditate Russian I

RUS 202: Intermeditate Russian II

RUS/LIT 172: Nabokov/Platonov: Revolution, Exile, and Artistic Genius in Early Twentieth-Century Russian Literature

RUS/LIT 272: Monsters, Loose and Tight: Exploring Russia’s Great Books

RUS/BOS 216: Business in Today’s Russia: Culture, Society, and Capitalism

RUS 275: Russia’s Literary Titans: Major Works of Tolstoy and Dostoevsky

RUS 301: Introduction to Literary Texts

LIT 271: Tutorial in Decadence and Degernation in Turn-of-the-Century European Literature

LIT 274: Vladimir Nabokov: The Russian and American Years 

RUS/AMS 273: Cold War Cultures 

CNX 125: Russian Realities and Realisms

CNX 225: Banned Books and Jailed Writers 

RUS 179: From Tsars to Commissars: An Introduction to Russian Culture (summer travel course)

Grants & Awards

Phi Beta Kappa Society

Andrew W. Mellon Fellow in Humanistic Studies

Outstanding Graduate Instructor Award (UC Berkeley)

National Slavic Honor Society, Dobro Slovo

Professional Service and Memberships


Professional Service

AATSEEL Program Committee Chair (2014- )

Slavic Discussion Group, Executive Council, MLA (2012-17 )

Program Committee Division Chair (Russian Literature since 1950) AATSEEL (2010-14)


American Association of Teachers of Slavic and Eastern European Languages

Association for Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies

Modern Language Association

Modernist Studies Association

American Comparative Literature Association

Fine Press Book Association

Grolier Club