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I teach courses on nineteenth- and twentieth-century Russian literature and culture at both the undergraduate and MA levels.

Research students: My research students include Marco Biasioli, whose PhD project investigates issues of language choice and identity in contemporary Russian rock music; and Mozhgan Samadi, whose PhD project focuses on women and martyrdom in Stalin-era war cinema. I have previously supervised successful PhD theses on topics including literary translation and the role of the translator in Russia in the 1930s; the impact of the Internet on the contemporary Russian literary scene; the function of mat (obscene language) in late Soviet and post-Soviet literature; and the role of online gaming communities as a space for the formation of new youth identities.

I am happy to supervise research on a wide range of topics in nineteenth- and twentieth-century Russian literature and culture. I am particularly interested in research projects involving aspects of Russian literature and culture that fall outside traditional notions of 'the canon'; and in projects of an interdisciplinary or multimedia nature. Literary and culture studies topics of a comparative or cross-cultural nature are also welcomed.




  • PhD in Slavic Languages and Literatures (Harvard University, 2004)
  • BA summa cum laude in Russian (Yale University, 1996)

Research interests

Research specialisations: My primary areas of research are Russian and Soviet popular culture; nineteenth-and twentieth-century Russian literature; and interactions between literature, music and performance. My current work focuses on late Imperial Russian and early Soviet circus.

Along with Professor Hilary Pilkington (Manchester) and Professor Susan Reid (Sheffield), I co-organised two workshop series funded by CEELBAS, 'Doing Culture' (January - October 2008) and 'Situating Culture'  (2009-2010).


Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions


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