• PhD, UCLA, Los Angeles, CA: Slavic Languages and Literatures, 2004
  • M.A., University of Washington, Seattle, WA: Slavic Languages and Literatures, 1996
  • B.A., Stanford University, Palo Alto, CA (double major): Feminist Studies; English with an Interdisciplinary Emphasis on French and Russian Literatures, 1992


  • Contemporary Russian women’s writing
  • Russian-American fiction
  • Chekhov
  • Comparative literature
  • Feminist and postcolonial theory
  • Writing the body in contemporary Russian women’s fiction and film
  • Virginia Woolf’s translation of Dostoevsky



  • “Telling Their Hybrid Stories: Three Recent Works of Russian-American Fiction” SEEJ 59.1 (2015): 116-24
  • “Hybrid Selves, Hybrid Texts: Embracing the Hyphen in Russian-American Fiction,” Slavic and East European Journal 55.1 (2011): 19-37 (Organizer for Special Forum Issue on Russian-American Fiction)
  • “A Dialogue in Books: Virginia Woolf’s Mrs. Dalloway and Michael Cunningham’s The Hours” in Critical Insights: Mrs. Dalloway, ed. Dorothy Dodge Robbins, Pasadena, CA: Salem Press, 2011, 59-73
  • “Translating Dostoevskii, Writing a Novel of One’s Own: The Place of Stavrogin’s Confession in the Creation of Mrs. Dalloway,” Modern Language Review 104.4 (2009): 1081-1097
  • “‘We all love with the same part of the body, don’t we?’: Iuliia Voznesenskaia’s Zhenskii Dekameron, New Women’s Prose, and French Feminist Theory,” Intertexts 13.2 (2009): 95-114
  • “Shamara: writing and screening the female body,” Studies in Russian and Soviet Cinema 2.2 (2008): 167-181

Book Reviews

  • The Time of Women by Elena Chizhova, Los Angeles Review of Books (May 20, 2012)
  • Super Sad True Love Story by Gary Shteyngart, Jewish Quarterly 216 (2010): 80-1
  • Fire on Water: Porgess and The Abyss by Arnošt Lustig, SEEJ 52.1 (2008): 147-8
  • A Land the Size of Binoculars by Igor Klekh, SEEJ 50.2 (2006): 346-8
  • The House of Returned Echoes by Arnošt Lustig, SEEJ 46.2 (2002): 406-7
  • Encyclopedia of Feminist Theories, Lorraine Code, ed., The Library Quarterly 72 (2002)


Content Courses

  • Women in Russian Literature: Writing the Body in Contemporary Fiction (cross-listed with Gender Studies)
  • Literature and Revolution
  • Golden Age and The Great Realists
  • Chekhov
  • The Great Russian Novel
  • Russian Civilization in the 20th Century
  • Russian Literature and World Cinema
  • Senior Thesis Seminar

Language Courses

  • Beginning/Intensive Beginning Russian
  • Intermediate/Intensive Intermediate Russian
  • Literacy in Russian (heritage speakers)
  • Russian for Social and Cultural Studies