University of Pennsylvania Postdoctoral Fellow, Fall 2015-Spring 2018 Associate Scholar, Penn Humanities Forum (Annual Theme of “Sex”) Fall 2015-Spring 2016
Princeton University PhD – Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures Graduate Certificate in Gender and Sexuality Studies (GSS)
Columbia University, New York, NY May 2008 BA - Russian Literature and Culture (cum laude, Departmental Honors)
Russian State University for the Humanities (RGGU), Moscow, Russia 2011-2012 Certificate in Russian
Baskhir State Pedagogical University (BGPU), Ufa, Russia June-August 2011 Certificate in Advanced Russian
Book Manuscripts in progress
Radical Chastity: Abstinence and the Political Imagination in 19th Century Russian Literature
Writing the Black Atlantic in Imperial Russia
Letters of a Free Society: Abolitionist Texts from Russia (volume of translations)
Articles (Peer review)
(Forthcoming at Transgender Studies Quarterly) “Dostoevsky’s Timely Castration”
(Forthcoming at Journal of Social History) “I’m not a man. I don’t want to destroy you”: Tolstoy College and LGBTQ Studies in the Vietnam War Era.”
“Queer Tashkent, Queer Harlem: Langston Hughes' 'The Boy Dancers of Uzbekistan,” Slavic Review 76.3 (Fall 2017).
“The Revolution Will Not Be Consummated: The Politics of Tolstoyan Chastity in the West,” Slavic and East European Journal (SEEJ), 60.3, 2016.
“Drag(ging) Tolstoy Into Queer Theory: On the Cross-Dressing Motif in War and Peace,” Tolstoy Studies Journal, Volume XXVI, 2014.
“Griboedov in Bed: Meyerhold’s Woe to Wit and the Staging of Sexual Mores in the NEP-era,” Pushkin Review/Пушкинский вестник, Vol. 15, 2012.
Articles (Editor selected)
(Forthcoming) “White Flight: The Shifting Grounds of Polish Racial Identity in Contemporary Europe,” World Policy Journal.
“Tolstoy College: The War and Peace of an Anarchist Education,” Social Text (Online), December 21, 2016.
“Writing the ‘Soviet South’: Inflections of Post-slavery America in Langston Hughes’ Ethnography of Central Asia,” Novoe literaturnoe obozrenie (New Literary Observer: Special Issue on “Slavery”), No. 142 (2) (6/2016).
“The Importance of Being a Nihilist: Oscar Wilde’s Vera and the Sexual Politics of Russian Radicalism,” Novoe literaturnoe obozrenie (New Literary Observer), N.5 (105), 2015.
“From Nigilistki to Pussy Riot: Locating ‘the Personal’ In the History of Women’s Activism in Russia,” Women in Politics/Женщины в политике. Special Issue: Re-introducing “the Personal is Political” to the Post-Soviet Reader., Vol. 2, 2013.
Special Issues Edited
(Forthcoming) “Public Humanities,” Slavic and East European Journal (SEEJ) [Online issue], Summer 2018.
(Forthcoming) “The Queer Condition of Masculinity in Nineteenth-Century Russian Culture,” Slavic and East European Journal (SEEJ); co-editing with Connor Doak (University of Bristol)
“Black October: the Impact of the Russian Revolution on the Black Diaspora,” African-American Intellectual History Society (AAIHS), October 30-November 5, 2017; co-edited with Jennifer Suchland (Ohio State University).
Selected poems in Catechism: Poems for Pussy Riot, edited by Mark Burnhope, Sarah Crewe and Sophie Mayer. London: English PEN (2012). • Part of English PEN’s “Writers at Risk Programme” • Voted Best Poetry Anthology at the 2013 Saboteur Awards
“When Oscar Wilde Colluded With the Russians,” The Paris Review, October 18, 2017.
“When the Harlem Renaissance Went to Communist Moscow,” The New York Times, August 21, 2017.
“A Forgotten Novel Reveals a Forgotten Harlem,” The Atlantic, March 9, 2017.
“Was Lolita About Race?: Vladimir Nabokov on Race in the United States,” Los Angeles Review of Books, October 31, 2016.
“The Art of the Communist Museum: The Leon Trotsky House in Coyoacan,” Public Books, August 11, 2016.
“A history of America and Russia’s mutual meddling,” The Guardian, August 3, 2016.
“Lore & Peace: What Tolstoy Can Teach Us About Bowe Bergdahl,” Fullstop Magazine, July 11, 2016.
“Obama banana 'jokes' show Soviet-era racism remains alive in Russia,” The Guardian, May 12, 2016.
“The Unlikely History of Tolstoy College,” The New Yorker, January 19, 2016.
“Teaching Race in Russia” Series - Multi-part blog series hosted by the NYU Jordan Center for the Advanced Study of Russia: 1. Part I: Dispatches from “The Harlem Renaissance: From New York to Tashkent” 2. Part II: From Harlem to the “Soviet South” 3. Part III: Sartre, Jazz, and the Cossack Dance 4. Part IV: Audre Lorde and Zora Neale Hurston Question the Friendship of Peoples
“How Red Russia Broke New Ground in the Portrayal of Black Americans,” Public Radio International (BBC), August 31, 2017.
“Talking Policy: Race and US-Russia Relations,” World Policy Journal, March 3, 2017.
“Race and Russia with Jennifer Wilson,” Eurasian Enigma Podcast, Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies, Harvard University, June 3, 2016.
SELECTED HONORS, AWARDS, FELLOWSHIPS
2015-2017 (Declined) University of Chicago Provost’s Career-Enhancement Postdoctoral Scholarship. 2012. Social Science Research Council (SSRC)-Mellon Mays Graduate Enhancement Scholarship. 2011-2012 United States Department of State (Title VIII) Research Grant (Moscow, Russia). 2011. Charles N. Hanna and Margaret T. Hanna Princeton Fellowship for Graduate Studies. 2011. Social Science Research Council (SSRC)/Mellon Mays Pre-doctoral Research Grant (Moscow, Russia). 2010. Social Science Research Council (SSRC)/Mellon Mays Graduate Enhancement Grant. 2009. Princeton Institute for International and Regional Studies (PIIRS) Research Grant (Odessa, Ukraine). 2009. Presidential Fellowship, The Graduate School, Princeton University. 2008. Departmental Honors, Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures, Columbia University. 2006-2008. Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship (MMUF), Columbia University. 2004. Simon Guggenheim Scholarship for Undergraduate Studies, Simon Guggenheim Foundation.
2018. “On the Soviet Anthology of African-American Poetry,” Chautauqua Institute, July (part of “Russia and the West” featuring Masha Gessen and Victoria Lomasko)
2018. “W.E.B. Du Bois and the Russian Revolution,” Barnard College, Date TBD.
2018. “Sissako’s Soviet Films and the Queer Contours of the Friendship of Peoples,” University of Michigan, March 16.
2018. “Messenger of Saint-Domingue: Karamzin and the Haitian Revolution” University of Michigan, March 15.
2017. “Black October,” Revolution! Symposium, Lafayette College, November 2.
2017. “Nevol’niki: Writing the Black Atlantic in Imperial Russia.” Howard University, April 12. Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Feb 27. Swarthmore College, February 7.
2016. “The ‘Red South’ and Other Paradigms: Reflections on Teaching Race in Post-Soviet Russia,” Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies, Harvard University, April 29.
2016. “Drafting Tolstoy: War & Peace in the Era of Vietnam,” Utopias After Utopia, Yale University, February 11.
2010: “Limpopo: The Case of Tatyana Tolstaya’s African Woman,” Center for Russian and East European Studies (CREES), University of Pittsburgh, February 4.
2017. “What Is Old Is New: On Illazad’s Rapture, The Banned 1930’s Novel,” PEN World Voices Festival, New York, NY, May 4. 2017. “Race and US-Russia Relations” The Jordan Center for the Advanced Study of Russia (New York University), February 6.
Selected Conference Participation
2017. “Writing a “Free Society”: Vol'noe obshchestvo and Abolitionist Literary Societies in Russia,” Association for Slavic, East European and Eurasian Studies (ASEEES), November 17. 2017. “Queer Harlem, Queer Tashkent: Langston Hughes’s Boy Dancers of Uzbekistan,” Central Eurasian Studies Conference, Seattle, WA, October, 6. 2017. “Saint Domingue by Way of Saint Petersburg: the Haitian Revolution in the Radical Russian Imaginary” Radical Americas, UCL (UK), September 11. 2016. “Terrorizing Gender: Nihilist Women and the Quest for Radical Androgyny,” Association for Slavic, East European and Eurasian Studies (ASEEES), November 17. 2016. “Russian Literature in the Era of Vietnam: The Utopian Project that was Tolstoy College,” American Comparative Literature Association (ACLA), Seminar: Nostalgia for the Future: The Legacy of Svetlana Boym in Comparative Slavic Studies,” Harvard University, March 18. 2016. “Tolstoy College: When Tolstoyanism Met Queer Theory at SUNY-Buffalo,” Association of American Teachers of Slavic and Eastern European Languages (AATSEEL), January 9. 2015. “Russian Literature in the Era of Vietnam: Tolstoy College and Anarchism in 1960s America,” Radical Americas, University College London (UCL), September 14. 2014. “Tolstoy and the Politics of Spiritualist Sexology,” Gender, Sexuality and Religion Working Group, Princeton University, November 17. 2014. “Affective Cartographies: Re(mapping) Sexual Desire and Political Commitment in Nineteenth Century Russian Literature,” Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies (GSWS), University of Pennsylvania, November 3. 2014. “Shy, Awkward Men: The Politics of Sexual Impotence in Dostoevsky’s The Possessed,” Slavists Without Borders, University of Pennsylvania, October 21. 2014. “The Importance of Being a Nihilist: Oscar Wilde’s ‘Vera,’” Dumpster Diving and Sustainability: Managing the Limited Resources of Culture, Princeton University, October 17. 2014. “Tolstoy, Political Sexology, and the Chaste Landscape of Reform-era America,” Association for Slavic, East European and Eurasian Studies (ASEEES), November 24. 2013. “The Queer Consequences of Tolstoy’s Turn to American Sexology,” Slavics Without Borders Conference, New York University, February 8. 2013. “‘Failed’ Women: Tolstoy’s Spinsters and Queer Theory,” Graduate Colloquium in Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, January 15. 2012: “Interdisciplinary and Inclusivity,” Association for Slavic, East European and Eurasian Studies (ASEEES), New Orleans, LA, November 16. 2010: “Staging Sex on the NEP Stage: Meyerhold’s ‘Woe to Wit’ and Sergei Tret’iakov’s ‘I Want a Baby!’” Association for Slavic, East European and Eurasian Studies (ASEEES), Los Angeles, CA, November 19. 2010: “(Drag)ging Tolstoy Into Queer Theory: On the Cross-Dressing Motif in War and Peace,” Undoing Eros: Love and Sexuality in Russian Culture, Princeton University, Princeton, NJ, October 23. 2009: “Tennessee Williams’ Queer Chekhov,” Association of American Teachers of Slavic and Eastern European Languages (AATSEEL), Philadelphia, PA, December 29.
Executive Board Member (2016-2019) - Northeast Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies Conference European, and Eurasian Studies (NESEEES) Committee on Membership (2016-present) - Association for Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies (ASEEES) Diversity Fellow (2012-2013) – Office of Academic Affairs and Diversity, Princeton University Executive Board Member (2010-2016) - Association for Diversity in Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies (ADSEEES)
American Association for Teachers of Slavic and Eastern European Languages (AATSEEL) Association for Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies (ASEEES) American Comparative Literature Association (ACLA)