Associate Professor of Russian Studies
My research, in broad terms, concerns the relationship between writers and readers in the Russian tradition. I am interested both in how individual works construe this relationship and in how it bears on larger philosophical, social, and political questions. I investigate these questions through a range of scholarly projects that employ both traditional literary-critical methods and new digital tools.
Areas of Interest
- Nineteenth- and twentieth-century Russian prose
- European philosophy and intellectual history
- Interwar émigré history and culture
- 19th-Century Russian Masterpieces
- Advanced Russian: Berlin, Paris, Harbin, New York
- Advanced Russian: Great Short Works
- Radicals, Heretics, Hackers: Russian Outlaws in History, Literature, and Film
- Intermediate Russian: Life in the City
Selected Awards and Honors
- Gene Barabtarlo Prize for Best Essay on Nabokov in 2019, awarded by the International Vladimir Nabokov Society for “Suspicion On Trial: Tolstoy’s The Kreutzer Sonata and Nabokov’s ‘Pozdnyshev’s Address’”
- Berlin Prize, The American Academy in Berlin
- Falk Grant for “Conditions of Creation: Analyzing Creativity with Computational Models,” Carnegie Mellon University
- Mellon Digital Humanities (DH) Seed Grant for Beyond the Ant Brotherhood: A Visualization of Tolstoy’s Intellectual World, Carnegie Mellon University
- David Sloane Memorial Prize awarded for scholarly promise on the basis of my dissertation “Held Captive: Tolstoy, Nabokov, and the Aesthetics of Constraint,” Harvard University
Selected Community, University, and Professional Service
- Principal Investigator, Beyond the Ant Brotherhood: A Digital Visualization of Tolstoy’s Intellectual World
- “Suspicion On Trial: Tolstoy’s The Kreutzer Sonata and Nabokov’s ‘Pozdnyshev’s Address,’” PMLA, 134. 3 (May 2019): 459–474.
- “Self-translation and the Transformation of Nabokov’s Aesthetics from Kamera obskura to Laughter in the Dark,” Slavic and East European Journal 63.2 (2019): 206–225.
- “Infecting, Simulating, Judging: Tolstoy’s Search for an Aesthetic Standard,” Journal of the History of Ideas 74 (January 2013): 115–137.
- “In Impossible Proximity: How to Read Like Nabokov,” The Berlin Journal 33 (Fall 2019): 55–57.