Ph.D. in Slavic Languages and Literatures (University of Chicago, 2013) M.A. in Slavic Languages and Literatures (University of Chicago, 2007) B.A. in Slavic Languages and Literatures (University of Chicago, 2005)
My research focuses on twentieth-century Russian literature, art, and culture, with particular attention paid to the relationship between text and image. My first book project, Photographic Literacy, Photography and Writing in Russia explores the intersection of photography and writing in the texts of author-photographers including Lev Tolstoy, Leonid Andreev, Maksimilian Voloshin, Mikhail Prishvin, Sergei Tret’iakov, Il’ia Ehrenburg, Il’ia Il’f, Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, and Vladimir Nabokov.
Additional areas of research interest include the history of photography; periodical studies (pre-revolutionary to Soviet); illustrated Russian children’s literature; the Soviet Gulag; Russian and Soviet cityscape (particularly Moscow); digital humanities and (new) media theory.
I am currently working on a humanities project featuring the Soviet Children’s books housed at Princeton’s Cotsen Collection and a related print catalog. My second book project grows directly from my ongoing work on Soviet children’s books. It will focus on the life of images in translation in the twentieth century, tracing pictures across national borders from children’s books to periodicals, and from the gallery wall to the digital database.
Photography and Literature (Freshman Seminar) Moscow/Petersburg: Russia in Two Capitals Soviet Culture, Above and Below Ground