• 2018     Ph.D., Slavic Languages and Literatures, University of California, Los Angeles.
  • 2013     M.A., Slavic Languages and Literatures, University of California, Los Angeles.
  • 2010     M.A., English, San José State University.
  • 2001     B.S., Computer Science, San José State University.


20th century Russian literature and culture; Russian modernism; theater and performance; aesthetics and literary theory; Russian-Ukrainian literary relations.


  • Cyprian Norwid: “Klaskaniem mając obrzękłe prawice…” [Their Hands Swollen with Applause…]. The Literary Encyclopedia. Co-author. February 2018.
  • “Pavlo Fylypovych”. The Literary Encyclopedia. June 2017.

Book Reviews

  • Literature, Exile, Alterity: The New York Group of Ukrainian Poets (2014) by Maria G. Rewakowicz. Harvard Ukrainian Studies Journal. Forthcoming.


“The Ritual Culture of Late Imperial Russia: Performing the Middle Ages.”
My dissertation examines how the performance of medieval rituals at the tsar’s court, in the dramas of modernist playwrights, and in early cinema can be read as commentaries on the sociopolitical situation during the Russian Empire’s last two decades. These rituals include the commemorative celebrations at the court of Nicholas II, rites of passage in dramas modeled on medieval mystery plays, the tsar’s chronicles and costume dramas of early filmmakers. This approach examines these three expressions of the medieval aesthetic and their correlations as homologous actions that were symptomatic of the medieval revival during the fin de siècle. Ritual thus becomes a way of performing medievalism and hence a constituent part of this phenomenon’s development in the Russian Empire. Two national myths, in particular, which this dissertation investigates, emerge through the performance of these medieval rituals: the myths of tsar (authority) and of revolution (rebellion). Victor Turner’s concept of social drama, together with Richard Schechner’s performance theory, provides a framework for translating these modes of ritualized behavior as aesthetic responses to the sociopolitical conditions of the Russian Empire’s final years.


  • Russian Theater: Plays and Performance, 2018.
  • Christianities East and West (TA), 2016.
  • Introduction to Slavic Civilization (TA), 2015.
  • Literacy in Russian (TA), 2013-2019.
  • Russian for heritage speakers (STARTALK), 2014-2015.
  • Elementary Russian (TA), 2012-2013.


  • “Ritual and Narrative in Zinaida Gippius’ Sacred Blood and Lesya Ukrainka’s Forest Song.” (Slavic Colloquium – UC San Diego, CA, 2018).
  • “Performing History: Neo-Medievalism in the Russian Silent Film.” (AATSEEL – Washington, DC, 2018).
  • “The ‘Modernist’ Model of the Mystery Play: Defining the Genre.” (Slavic Colloquium – UC Berkeley, CA, 2017).
  • “Time, Space and the Self in Vladimir Maiakovskii, a Tragedy.” (Slavic Colloquium – UCLA, Los Angeles CA, 2014).
  • “Innokenty Annensky’s Famira Kifared on the Avant-Garde Stage of the Kamerny Theater.” (AATSEEL–WI, Madison WI, 2012).
  • “The Russian Émigré in America: Translating and Transcending Exile in Vladimir Nabokov’s Pnin and Pale Fire.” (CSU Student Research Competition, Fresno CA, 2011).

Awards, Honors, Grants

  • Dissertation Year Fellowship, UCLA, 2017-2018.
  • The Center for European and Russian Studies (CERS) Research Fellowship, UCLA, 2016-2017.
  • Eugene V. Cota-Robles Fellowship, UCLA, 2011-2013.
  • The Chancellor’s Prize, UCLA, 2011-2012.
  • SJSU Student Research Competition 2011 (winner).
  • SJSU Outstanding Thesis Award 2011 (nominee).