I am an assistant professor in the Department of Slavic and East European Languages and Cultures at The Ohio State University. My current book project “Through Thick and Thin: The Social Life of Journals under Late Socialism” is a study of literary culture in the Soviet Union through the lens of periodicals. By tracing the flows of texts and people organized by these journals, I explore how Soviet culture was disseminated within the space of socialist Eastern Europe and how it survived in the communities of the late Russian diaspora.
Digital humanities approaches and methods inform much of my research. I was a graduate fellow at the Center for Digital Humanities at Princeton where I developed the projects Digital Émigré and Soviet Journals Reconnected. Based on bibliographical data, “Soviet Journals Reconnected” analyzes the literary networks that emerged around literary journals in the Soviet 1960s and 1970s.
Besides periodical studies, my research has been guided by a strong interest in the migration of cultural forms and their interplay with social power structures, experiences of identity, and national politics.