I teach Russian language, literature, and culture at Williams College, and my research focuses on performance–construed in the broadest possible sense–in Russian culture.  I’ve published on topics ranging from early Soviet show trials to the cult of personality surrounding Vladimir Putin.


Stanford University:  M.A. in Russian, 1990; Ph.D. in Slavic Languages and Literatures and Humanities, 1995.Grinnell College:  A.B. with Honors in Russian Language, 1986.


“Vladislav Mamyshev-Monro, Frog-Princess of Neoacademism.”  Essay in forthcoming Beauty without Taboo:  Saint Petersburg’s New Academy of Fine Arts (1980s-2000s), ed. Helena Goscilo and Vlad Strukov. “Persian Cargo on a Russian Ark:  The Role of Iran in Sokurov’s Russian Ark.”  Article co-written with Leyla Rouhi, forthcoming in 2017 in the International Journal of Persian Literature. “Glamazons en travesti:  Drag Queens in Putin’s Russia.”  Contribution to forthcoming Russian Performances, co-edited with Julie Buckler and Boris Wolfson. “Kool-Aid,” “Popsicle,” and “Sitophilia.”  Entries in The Oxford Companion to Sugar and Sweets, ed. Darra Goldstein (New York:  Oxford University Press, 2015), 384-385, 551, and 614-615. “Why Stalinist Cinema Had No Detective Films, or How Three Becomes Two in Engineer Kochin’s Mistake.” Quarterly Review of Film and Video 31, no. 1 (Jan. 2014):  56-73. “Post-Soviet Pop Goes Gay:  Russia’s Trajectory to Eurovision Victory.”  The Russian Review 73:1 (Jan. 2014):  1-23. “A Personality Cult for the Post-modern Age:  Reading Vladimir Putin’s Public Persona.”  Chapter co-authored with Emily Johnson in Putin as Celebrity and Cultural Icon, edited by Helena Goscilo (London:  Routledge, 2012), 37-64. “The Rise of the Actress in Early Nineteenth-Century Russia.”  Chapter in Women in Nineteenth-Century Russia:  Lives and Culture, edited by Wendy Rosslyn and Alessandra (Cambridge:  Open Book Publishers, 2012), 137-159. “Rural Renaissance.”  Short article co-authored with Leyla Rouhi in Gastronomica 11, no. 2 (Summer 2011):  1-3. “Putin, Putiniana and the Question of a Post-Soviet Cult of Personality.”  Article co-authored with Emily Johnson.  Slavonic and East European Review 88, no. 4 (Oct. 2010):  681-707.  Reprinted in Stephen White and Cerywn Moore, eds., Post-Soviet Politics, Vol. II:  Citizens and Politics (Los Angeles:  Sage Publications, 2012), 379-400. “Of Dandies, Flirts, and Cockatoos:  Shakhovskoi’s Antitheatrical Lesson to Coquettes.”  The Russian Review 65, no. 3 (July 2006):  393-416. “Kirov and Death in The Great Citizen:  The Fatal Consequences of Linguistic Mediation.”  Slavic Review 64, no. 4 (Winter 2005):  799-822. “Alcohol is Our Enemy!  Soviet Temperance Melodramas of the 1920s.”  In Louise McReynolds and Joan Neuberger, eds., Imitations of Life:  Two Centuries of Melodrama in Russia (Durham:  Duke University Press, 2002), 152-177. The Enemy on Trial:  Early Soviet Courts on Stage and Screen.  DeKalb, IL:  Northern Illinois University Press, 2000.“Northern Poetry for a Northern People:  Text and Context in Ozerov’s Fingal.” Slavonic and East European Review 78 (April 2000):  1-27. “From Nevskii Prospekt to Zoia’s Apartment:  Trials of the Russian Procuress.”  Article co-authored with Leyla Rouhi.  The Russian Review 58 (July 1999):  413-31. “Marble Columns and Jupiter Lights:  Theatrical and Cinematic Modeling of the Soviet Show Trial in the 1920s.”  Slavic and East European Journal 42, no. 4 (Winter 1998):  640-60.  Reprinted in Marit Paasche and Judy Radul, eds., A Thousand Eyes:  Media Technology, Law, and Aesthetics (Berlin:  Sternberg Press, 2011), 39-62. “Flash Floods, Bedbugs, and Saunas:  Social Hygiene in Maiakovskii’s Theatrical Satires of the Twenties.”  The Slavonic and East European Review 76, no. 4 (October 1998):  643-57.  Reprinted in Janet G. Tucker, ed., Against the Grain:  Parody, Satire, and Intertextuality in Russian Literature (Bloomington:  Slavica, 2002).


Russian Performances.  Coeditor with Julie Buckler (Harvard University) and Boris Wolfson (Amherst College).  A volume of approximately 25 essays devoted to the intersection of Performance Studies and Russian Studies. “Sacrifice and Self in Everybody Dies But Me.”  Essay in forthcoming The ‘Other’ Martyrs:  Women and the Poetics of Sexuality, Sacrifice, and Death in World Literatures, ed. by Alireza Korangy and Leyla Rouhi, to be published in the series “Martyrdom and Literature“ at Harrassowitz Verlag. Gender, Sexual Citizenship, and Popular Culture in Putin’s Russia.  Monograph devoted to the public performance of increasingly exaggerated gender roles and the policing of private sexual behavior in both public policy and popular culture in contemporary Russia.

Upcoming Talks and Conferences

“A World Without Safe-Words:  Fifty Shades of Russian Grey.”  Paper to be presented at “Reading for Pleasure:  Romance Fiction in the International Marketplace,” Williams College, April 2017.


American Association for Teachers of Slavic and Eastern European LanguagesAmerican Council of Teachers of RussianAssociation for Slavic, East European, and Eurasian StudiesAssociation for Women in Slavic StudiesInternational Association for the Study of Popular RomanceModern Language Association

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