Department/Program: Slavic Languages and Literatures
Office location: 227 East Pyne
Profile: I joined the Slavic Department in Fall 2014. Previous to my arrival in Princeton, I was Visiting Assistant Professor in Russian at the University of New Mexico, where I alternately reveled in the high mountain forests and hid from the blazing sun of the desert. I completed both my undergraduate degree and doctorate in the Slavic Department at the University of Chicago, punctuated by a brief year away on a Fulbright grant to live and research in the near-artic colds of Moscow and St. Petersburg. Now quite happily ensconced behind stained glass windows in East Pyne, I teach courses relating to Soviet literature and culture, Russian art, photography and literature, and the cultural histories of Moscow and St. Petersburg.
My current book project is titled, Photographic Literacy, Photography and Writing in Russia. This book explores the intersection of photography and writing in the texts of author-photographers (including Lev Tolstoy, Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, and Vladimir Nabokov). I am also working on a large-scale digital humanities project relating to Soviet children’s books housed in the Cotsen Collection at Firestone library. As a devotee to the history of publishing and book design, I can often be found in Firestone’s Special Collections Reading Room.