Thomas comes to this position from an academic and teaching background in Russian and Italian language and literature, as well as in academic and special-collections librarianship. He spent 4 years as a curatorial assistant at the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library at Yale, and most recently held a position at the Bern Dibner Library of Science and Technology at the Polytechnic Institute of New York University, where he taught research skills and information literacy.
He is currently in the process of completing a PhD dissertation exploring generic affinities between works by Dante Alighieri and Mikhail Bulgakov, and his own research interests center around the persistence and evolution of literary generic structures through different periods and across different cultures, particularly the reemergence of medieval representational and narrative modes in the art and literature of early twentieth-century modernism. He is also very interested in the new possibilities, challenges and concerns digital technologies pose for the humanities and social sciences, and the implications this has for the maintenance and meaningful interrogation of the cultural and historical record of the peoples of Russia, other Slavic and East European nations, and the former Soviet Republics.
Thomas is here to assist faculty and students with the logistics of research enterprises and to facilitate their productive exploration of the landscape of print and digital research resources available through the Princeton University Library system. Please contact him any time if you would like to discuss research strategies or if you would like help with identifying or locating sources for your research projects:
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