PhD in Comparative Literature, University of Toronto (2018). Dissertation: “The Nonsovereign Subject and Sexual Violence in Contemporary North American and Russian Culture.” Director: Eva-Lynn Jagoe

PhD in Literature and Cultural Research in Folklore, University of Tartu (2020). Dissertation: “In Search of Vedic Wisdom: Forms of Alternative Spirituality in Contemporary Russia.” Director: Ülo Valk

MA in Economy, State and Society: Nation, History and Society, University College London (2012)

MA in Baltic Sea Region Studies, University of Tartu (2012)

Other Publications

Refereed Articles and Book Chapters

“Humour and Resistance in Russia’s Ecological Utopia (A Look at the Anastasia Movement),” in Contesting Authority: Vernacular Knowledge and Alternative Beliefs, ed. by Ülo Valk and Marion Bowman. Sheffield: Equinox Publishing. Forthcoming October 2019. 28 typescript pages.

“The New Age Paradox: Spiritual Consumerism and Traditional Authority at the Child of Nature Festival in Russia.” Journal of Contemporary Religion 32.1 (2017): 83-103.


Review of Jennifer Snook’s American Heathens: The Politics of Identity in a Pagan Religious Movement. Western Folklore 76.1 (2017): 100-103.

 “Celestial Wives and Earthly Wives” (“Nebesnye zheny i zheny zemnye”): Review of Alexander Fedorchenko’s film Celestial Wives of the Meadow Mari. Mari Sandalyk – Mariiskii Mir 4 (2013): 40-41. Yoshkar-Ola, Russia. In Russian.

Translations (Russian-English)

Translation of Svetlana Kogan-Rabinovich. “V natsistkoi preispodnei.” Translated as “In the Inferno: The Dead Loop Concentration Camp.” Before All Memory is Lost, ed. by Myrna Goldberg. Toronto: Azrieli Foundation, 2017. 455-477.

Translation of Marina Khabaleva. Shymaksh: Traditsionnyi zhenskii golovnoi ubor naroda mari. Translated as Shymaksh: Traditional Mari Women’s Headdress. Yoshkar-Ola, Russia: Sernur Museum, 2017. 3-76.

Translations (English-Russian)

Translation of Judith Butler. “Final Remarks on my Controversial Remark.” Translated as “Zakliuchitel’nye zamechaniia k moemu spornomu vyskazyvaniiu” in collaboration with Iaroslav Youssim. European Graduate School. July 8, 2012.

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