Ph.D in Slavic Slanguages and Literatures (University of California, Berkeley, 2016) M.A. in Slavic Languages and Literatures (UC Berkeley, 2011 and Middlebury Russian School, 2009) B.A. in Philosophy (Yale University, 2006)
My research and teaching interests center on the Russian and European novel, literary theory, and intersections between philosophy and literature. My book manuscript in progress, under the provisional title Mimetic Lives, discusses Tolstoy’s and Dostoevsky’s novels as uniquely rich ground for addressing two basic but underexplored questions: how is the impression of autonomously “living” characters created, distributed, and sustained throughout a novel, and what are the outer limits of this illusion’s power to educate or transform a novel’s readers? Other current areas of research interest include Russian Symbolism (particularly the writings of Dmitri Merezhkovsky and Andrei Bely), the theory of the novel (particularly theoretical approaches of Georg Lukács and Mikhail Bakhtin), comparative approaches to Russian and European realism and modernism, and the works of Vladimir Nabokov.
Courses for 2015-16: Death and the Character (Freshman Seminar)
Approaches to Western Culture (Spring semester, Renaissance to modern period)