Currently I am an instructor of Russian and Spanish at James Madison University. I have taught Russian language, literature, culture, and/or cinema at the University of Virginia, the University of Richmond, Northern Virginia Community College, and Ferrum College. Since 2013, I have worked as the Conference Manager for the American Association of Teachers of Slavic and East European Languages (AATSEEL). In addition to teaching, I am also currently pursuing a M.Ed in Equity and Cultural Diversity in the JMU College of Education.
World literatures, translation, postcolonial theory, transnationalism, globalization, literature as commodity, paratextual studies, diaspora, exile, immigration, gender studies, critical race studies, climate fiction, global Anglophone literature, Haitian literature, Francophone literature, Czech literature, African literature, African American literature
Faculty member of Mindanao State University-Iligan Institute of Technology (MSU-IIT), Department of History; Currently on Study-leave for PhD at Queen’s University Belfast, Northern Ireland, United Kingdom.
Russian and Soviet literature; postcolonialism; cultural studies
Historian, Soviet Union and Eastern Europe Host, New Books in Russian Studies podcast series Host, New Books in East European Studies podcast series Research development, program management and university-community partnerships
PhD Candidate in Musicology at the University of Georgia, studying Soviet opera and ballet, socialist realism and big Soviet style, and the early Stalinist period of the 1930s. Graduate Teaching Assistant for the Institute for Women’s Studies at the University of Georgia.
Currently a Visiting Assistant Professor/Houston Writing Fellow in the English Department at the University of Houston.
As Head of the IAS Department, I coordinate the work of the department’s seven programs (African, East Asian, West European, Global and International; Middle East; Slavic and Eurasian; and Spain, Portugal, Latin American and Caribbean) within KU Libraries and with other campus units. As Librarian for Slavic and Eurasian studies, I acquire materials from and about Russia, Belarus, Ukraine, Poland, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia, and the Caucasus; provide research and instructional services to KU faculty, staff, students, visiting scholars, K-12 community, and the general public; and serve as library liaison to related academic departments and areas studies centers. I also engage in research and professional service and provide support for programs in Global & International Studies and European Studies.
I am a Ph.D. Candidate in Musicology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. My research centers on Russian music and musicians in the American contexts, migration studies, and musical and material networks.
I am a historian of modern East-Central Europe, specializing in the Habsburg Empire, Czechoslovakia, Hungary and Yugoslavia. I also study the history of treason with a particular focus on Eastern Europe