• Ph.D. in Slavic Languages and Literatures, Yale University, 2015
  • M.Phil. in Slavic Languages and Literatures, Yale University, 2013
  • B.A. in Global Studies, concentration in Russian and Post-Soviet Studies (summa cum laude), College of William and Mary, 2009


My book project, Russia’s Capitalist Realism, 1860-1900, examines how Russian realist literature of the second half of the nineteenth century responded, on the levels of narrative and rhetoric, to the discipline of political economy and to the lived experience of incipient capitalism. I examine both canonical works by such writers as Lev Tolstoi, Fedor Dostoevskii, and Anton Chekhov, as well as more obscure figures such as Petr Boborykin and Dmitrii Mamin-Sibiriak in an attempt to uncover the various strategies that writers employed to represent, comprehend, and contest the changes taking place in Russian culture, language, ethics, and epistemology as a result of the increasing importance of market forces and the emergence of new ways of talking and thinking about objects, values, and human relationships.



  • “On the Hegelian Roots of Lukács’s Theory of Realism.” Studies in East European Thought 65, no. 3 (2014): 259-269.
  • “The Problem of Postmodernism in Russian Literary History: A Comparative Reading of Summer in Baden-Baden and Moscow to the End of the Line.” Studies in Slavic Cultures 9 (2012): 23-46.

Encyclopedia Articles

  • “The Elusive Avengers.” In Directory of World Cinema: Russia 2. Edited by Birgit Beumers, 77-78. Bristol, UK: Intellect, 2015.
  • “Vasilisa the Beautiful.” In Directory of World Cinema: Russia. Edited by Birgit Beumers, 254-55. Bristol, UK: Intellect, 2011.


Fall 2015

  • Russian 90BW: Russian Civilization in the Twentieth Century.

Winter 2016

  • Russian 124T: Tolstoi
  • Russian 213B: Twentieth-Century Russian Literature, 1930-1989.

Fields of Interest

  • Nineteenth-century Russian literature, culture, and intellectual history, esp. Dostoevskii, Tolstoi, and Chekhov
  • Theory of the novel
  • Realist aesthetics and the history of nineteenth- and twentieth-century realisms
  • Nineteenth- and twentieth-century German philosophy and cultural theory
  • National and transnational postmodernisms in Russia, Eastern Europe, and beyond
  • Soviet film, especially of the 1920s-1930s and the Thaw
  • Literature and culture of the Soviet 1920s and 1930s
  • Soviet ideology and policy towards the non-Slavic peoples
  • Russian and Soviet Jewish culture
  • Russian and European literature and capitalism