My interests: Modernism and critical theory; the literary and visual avant-gardes of the early Soviet period and Formalist poetics; visual art and media theory; cybernetics and early Marx; documentary literature and the history/theory of photography.
I'm currently working on two book projects: one is a theoretical study of Soviet factography that focuses on the work of the operative writer Sergei Tret'iakov; the other examines New Objectivity and the various returns of mimetic realism in German cultural production from the late 1920s into the Popular Front era (Alfred Döblin, Erik Reger, Bertolt Brecht, John Heartfield, Carl Einstein).
Courses taught: The Russian Avant-Garde: Art, Film, Object Communication and the Arts: The Documentary Avant-Garde
"Introduction." to Special Issue on Soviet Factography. OCTOBER. No. 118 (Fall 2006): 3-10. "The Operative Word in Soviet Factography." in OCTOBER. No. 118 (Fall 2006): 95-131.