I have been a passionate and devoted teacher of Russian language and literature for nearly fifteen years, and a passionate and devoted reader of Russian literature -- especially poetry -- for many years more.  Currently I am in my sixth year at Lewis & Clark College, where I am Visiting Assistant Professor, but have served as Interim Head of the Russian Section, and as a Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in Russian Studies.  I teach Russian language at all levels, Russian literature courses in translation, advise majors, minors, and first-year students, and manage the extracurricular program.  

Like Joseph Brodsky, the subject of my book-in-progress, I am at heart a humanist.  I believe that the development of an aesthetic sensibility, through literature, poetry, or the other arts, not only enriches a person’s life, but provides him or her with tools for a strongly expressed individuality, which is necessary for practicing ethical choice.  In a world where human interaction takes place in 140 characters or less, and near-constant advertising frames our choices in stock slogans, novels and poems teach the endless variety and complexity of human experience, and the necessity of thoughtful choice.  All my work -- in the classroom or in my office -- is dedicated to exploring and sustaining the power of the literary word.

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Lewis and Clark College

  • Visiting Assistant Professor, Lewis and Clark College, 2012-2017
    • Section Head, Lewis and Clark College, 2012-2013
    • Supervisor of extracurricular program, 2011-current
    • advisor to first-year and continuing students, 2012-current
    • Second reader on Scout Mills' self-designed Russian major culminating project, “God Created the Thief, But the Devil Created the Prosecutor: Russian Criminal Identity and Cultural Narratives in the Gulag of the Late Soviet Period”
    • Third reader on Anna McClain’s self-designed Russian major culminating project, “Constructing Contemporary Russian Femininity Through Popular Music”
  • Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in Russian Studies, Lewis and Clark College, 2013-2014*; 2011-2012.           *full course load


University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

  • Lecturer, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, 2008-2011
    • Substitute Section Head, March 2011
    • Creator and supervisor of extracurricular program

Columbia University

  • Graduate instructor, Columbia University, 2002-2007
  • Graduate intructor, Summer Practicum, Summer 2005, 2007
  • second reader on Raisa Belyaeva’s senior thesis, “Tsvetaeva’s The Ratcatcher and Brodsky’s The Procession: Two Chapters in Russia’s 20th Century Fairytale”, Fall 2004

SUMMER WORKSHOP for Slavic and Eastern European Languages (SWSEEL), Indiana University-Bloomington

  • Visiting Instructor, Summer 2003, Summer 2005
    • Chair, Poetry club

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