I work as an open source/media analyst at Novetta, where my domain knowledge of Russian language and culture helps to make patterns in Russian and East European messaging meaningful and assess the contents and target audiences of adversarial messaging.

In research not directly related to my job, I specialize in twentieth-century Russian poetry, especially the early Soviet avant-garde and their successive work and successors under Socialist Realism. This interest in poetry also drives a agenda of developing computational methods to facilitate the study of versification and quantitative poetics. I also enjoy the opportunity to examine other media, particularly film, as can be seen in my notes and reviews on contemporary film for the annual Pittsburgh Russian Film Symposium and Kinokultura.


Ph.D. Russian Literature, University of Pittsburgh, 2016

B.A. Russian Studies, College of William & Mary, 2006


Blog Posts


    Meter, Rhythm, Rhyme: The Computationally Assisted Analysis of Formal Features in Russian Poetry (http://poetry.obdurodon.org/)


    Association for the Advancement of Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies

    Association for Teachers of Slavic and East European Languages

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