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I am a scholar of Soviet and contemporary Russian culture.
My research agenda consists of two main branches. The first is historical research into Soviet materialist aesthetics of the 1920s and 1930s that presented alternatives to Stalinist culture. The second is an investigation of the reception of this historical and theoretical legacy among practicing
Eastern European writers and artists today, especially those who critically re-engage with the longue durée of Soviet modernist aesthetic and discourse, while reinvestigating this legacy with feminist theories and environmental thought.
In addition to my academic work, I am active as a writer, translator, and publisher of contemporary art and poetry in Russia and Ukraine. In 2013 I co-founded Cicada Press, an imprint committed to publishing formally experimental Eastern European writing.
Russian and Eastern European twentieth and twenty-first-century culture; Soviet theory and materialist aesthetics, their influence on Russian literature of the 1920s-1960s, and their afterlives in contemporary Eastern European political art and culture; Historical Poetics; feminism; post-classical anarchism; history of Soviet pedagogical experiments.
“Underground Existentialism: “Gorozhane” [“City Dwellers”] (Vladimir Maramzin, Boris Vakhtin, Sergei Dovlatov, and Rid Grachev),” a chapter in the forthcoming Oxford Handbook of Soviet Underground Culture (edited by Mark Lipovetsky, Ilja Kukuj, Tomás Glanc, Maria Engeström, and Klavdia Smola).
“The Forced Conversion of Varlam Shalamov,” The Los Angeles Review of Books (July 2019).
“The End of The Soviet Baroque: Historical Poetics in Olesha’s Envy and Tynianov’s The Wax Person,” Transcultural Studies: A Journal in Interdisciplinary Research, vol.13, (2017): 2.
“Occupying the Dream Factory. “Zoe Beloff’s A World Redrawn: Eisenstein and Brecht in Hollywood,” The Brooklyn Rail (November 2015).
“Haunted Realism. On Specters of Communism: Contemporary Russian Art,” Texte Zur Kunst (June 2015).
“Difficult Facts: Esfir Shub and the Problem of Realism.” The Brooklyn Rail (September 2011).
EDITORIAL AND TRANSLATION WORK
Keti Chukhrov, Collected Dramatic Works (forthcoming from Cicada Press).
Pavel Arseniev, Reported Speech (New York: Cicada Press, 2018).
Roman Osminkin, Not A Word About Politics! (New York: Cicada Press, 2014).
Circling the Square: Maidan and Cultural Insurgency in Ukraine (New York: Cicada Press, 2014).
Association of Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies
American Association of Teachers of Slavic and East European Languages
Ph.D., New York University
M.A., New York University
B.A., University of Pennsylvania