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An Education Professional Doing Things With Words

As a believer in the small liberal arts college experience and the importance of the humanities, I work to help students develop as more informed readers and writers – a skill increasingly more vital in our fast-moving world that privileges simplification and shortcuts.

My overarching goal, in both my research and teaching, is to help others to appreciate the endless variety and complexity of human experience, as reflected in varied texts. In the literature classroom, we explore how words and images intersect – or don’t – with our lived experiences; in the language and culture classroom, we practice and internalize different ways of thinking.


Columbia University Ph.D, M.Phil, MA in Russian Literature

  • dissertation on Joseph Brodsky and metaphors of poetic power

  • minor in French literature and theories of the Grotesque

  • Harriman Certificate in Interdisciplinary Approaches to Russian, Eurasian, and Eastern European Studies

Moscow State University, Certificate in Advanced Professional Training in Russian Philology and Teaching Methodology​

Dartmouth College, BA in Comparative Literature



Professional Experience

Willamette University, 2023-present​

  • Visiting Assistant Professor in the Humanities: teaching writing intensive-first year English literature courses to potential majors; Russian courses, other courses as needed.

Portland Community College, 2018-August 2023​

  • Adjunct Instructor, first and second year Russian, remote and in-person instruction


Lewis & Clark College, 2011-2018​

  • Visiting Assistant Professor: taught in the first-year writing intensive sequence for all freshmen; literature in translation courses open to all; Russian language courses from first to fourth year

  • Interim Section Head, 2012-2013

  • Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow, 2011-2012, 2013-2014


University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, 2008-2011​

  • Lecturer: taught 1st and 2nd year language courses; redesigned and taught Russian Culture course open to all (two versions of the course: one in-person and asynchronously)

Columbia University, 2002-2008​

  • Graduate Student Instructor: taught literature in translation courses, as well as all levels of Russian language

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