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University of Oxford, M.Phil., New College, (2009-2011)
Medieval and Modern Languages
Graduated with high distinction
Dissertation Title: “Keepers of the Classical Ballet Tradition: The Preservation and Evolution of Ballet in Early Soviet Russia”
Supervisor: Professor Catriona Kelly
Brown University, B.A. (2004-2008)
Concentrations: Comparative Literature, Slavic Studies, Classics
Graduated with Honors, Phi Beta Kappa
Senior Thesis Title: “Osip Mandel’shtam: Judaic Chaos—The Return of the Prodigal Son”
Supervisor: Professor Svetlana Evdokimova
Brown Classics Journal (Spring 2008), The Art of Nature: Walahfrid Strabo and the Validation of Spirit
ASEEES (Association for Slavic, East European and Eurasian Studies), November, 2013: -Panel title: “Ballet in Revolution: Negotiating a New Aesthetic.” Paper given: “From Tsarist Toy to Socialist Tool: The Dance Libretto in the Age of the Drambalet.” -Organizer of methodological roundtable: “In the Beginning was the Body: Russian Dance History in the 21st Century.”
AATSEEL (American Association of Teachers of Slavic and East European Languages), January, 2013: -Panel title: “Beyond Estrangement: Gesture and Dance in the Silver Age.” Paper given: “The Rehabilitation of the Dancing Body: Akim Volynskii and Vasilii Rozanov.” -Panel title: “The Beauty and the Beast: Russian Ballet and Bolshevist Culture.” Paper given: “The Russian Ballet That Stayed Home: The Work of Liubov’ Blok in Early Soviet Russia.”
Univeristy of Oxford (March, 2012), “Making Mistakes: Misleading and Misinterpreted Texts in Literature, Arts and History.” Paper given: “Misread Bodies: Dance as a New Cultural Model in Russian Modernist Thought.”
University of Oxford (2009-2010), co-organizer and presenter for seminar series “The Body in Russian Literature and Culture”. Paper given “Akim Volynskii and the Dancing Body.”
Society of Royce Fellows, a public presentation of research, (April, 2008). Group Panel Conference Title: “Toward a New Language: Recodifying terms and reshaping identity in three eras of political upheaval: Fin de Siecle Russia, World War II and the Birth of Israel.”
PIIRS Travel Research Grant, Princeton University, (2012). Conducted archival research at Pushkinskii dom in St Petersburg, Russia. (Examined the personal archive of L.D. Blok.)
Ilchester Research Grant (2010), University of Oxford. Conducted archival research in St Petersburg, Russia for MPhil thesis.
Fulbright Research Scholar (2008-2009), European University at St Petersburg. Cultural and Intellectual History. Project: “St Petersburg Ballet Critics of the Early 20th Century.”
Pushkin Prize for outstanding achievement, honors work and thesis in Slavic Studies, Brown University (2008).
Royce Fellowship and summer research grant, under the direction of Professor Abbott Gleason (Brown University). Project: “Literary Perspectives on Ballet in early 20th century Russia: Synthesis of Western Philosophy and Russian Spirituality.” (Summer 2007- Spring 2008).
Fulbright-Hayes Scholarship (2007), Herzen University, St Petersburg, Russia