Rutgers profile picAssistant Professor
Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania
M.A., Center for Research in Modern European Philosophy (London, UK)
B.A., University of California, Los Angeles
15 Seminary Place, Room 4123
New Brunswick, NJ 08901

Fall 2019 Office Hours: Thursdays 12-1pm, and by appointment




Research Interests:

I research late Soviet and post-Soviet Russian culture, focusing especially on the evolution of the ideology of the Russian intelligentsia between the 1950s ‘Thaw’ and the present. Primarily, I study how political ideals such as socialism, liberalism and nationalism were interpreted among Russian elites and their audiences, and how these ideas influenced literature, criticism, film and art of the 20th and the 21st century.

I am also interested in the forging of Soviet discourse on Stalinist and post-Stalinist subjectivity in the works of such authors and critics as Andrei Platonov, Georg Lukács, Mikhail Lifshitz, and Vladimir Sappak.

My current book project, A Russia That We Have Lost: The History and Politics of Recalling the Pre-Soviet Past examines how inventive recollections of the pre-Revolutionary past allowed late Soviet intellectual leaders and their audiences to define themselves and articulate a political horizon that ended up shaping the post-Soviet era.


Max Weber Fellow in History and Civilization, European University Institute, Florence (2017-2018)

Mellon Foundation- Council for European Studies Dissertation Completion Fellowship (2016-2017)

Benjamin Franklin Fellowship, University of Pennsylvania (2011-2016)


“‘Learning to Have the Courage of Ceaseless Happiness’: High Stalinism and Socialist Subjectivity of Mikhail Lifshitz’s Current and Andrei Platonov’s Happy Moscow.The Russian Review. Forthcoming, 2018.

Book Manuscript in Progress

A Russia That We Have Lost: The History and Politics of Recalling the Pre-Soviet Past

Courses Taught at Rutgers:

Introduction to 19th Century Russian Literature: Russia's Long Nineteenth Century in Literature, Culture and Memory (01:860:259:01; AHp)

Russia Between Empire and Nation (01:860:272:01; CC, AHp)