Spring 2019: On Sabbatical
My area of specialty is early Russian modernism, European Decadence, and the print and material culture of the fin de siècle. I am the author of The Historical Dictionary of Russian Literature (Scarecrow Press, 2013), The Institutions of Russian Modernism: Conceptualizing, Publishing, and Reading Symbolism (Northwestern University Press, 2017), and Decadence and Modernism in European and Russian Literature and Culture: Aesthetics and Anxiety in the 1890s (forthcoming from Palgrave Macmillan). I have served on numerous College and professional committees and projects that have worked to innovate the liberal arts curriculum, study and promote interdisciplinary teaching and scholarship, and foster community engagement through the humanities.
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
- Decadence and Modernism in Fin-de-siècle Literature and Culture: Aesthetics and Anxiety in the 1890s (Forthcoming with Palgrave Macmillan)
- The Institutions of Russian Modernism: Conceptualizing, Publishing, and Reading Symbolism (Northwestern University Press, 2017)
- Historical Dictionary of Russian Literature (Scarecrow Press, 2013)
The Symphonies by Andrey Bely (in progress).
“The Venetian Stanzas” by Joseph Brodsky (fine press edition designed, illustrated, and printed by Dmitrii Saenko, Nikodim Press, St. Petersburg, 2017).
Articles and Book Chapters
“O!?!?!: Reading and Readers in the Silver Age (1890s-1900s)” in Towards a History of Reading in Modern Russia (Damiano Rebecchini and Raffaella Vassena, eds., forthcoming in 2019).
“Декадентская Метафизика: Зинаида Гиппиус, Брэм Стокер и тревожная эпоха Fin de siècle” in Novoe literaturnoe obozrenie (1/2018)
- “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.
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 101: World Literatures: Introduction to Comparative Literary Studies
LIT 271: 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
MLA Delegate Assembly (2019-21)
AATSEEL Program Committee Chair (2014-19)
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