I am an Assistant Professor of Slavic Studies in the Department of Central, Eastern, and Northern European Studies at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada. I specialize in eighteenth- and nineteenth-century Russian literature and culture, and teach classes about Russian, Slavic and comparative literature and culture. More information about my research and activities can be found on my institutional profile and my personal website.


Currently I am finishing a book about the influence of gothic writing on Russian realism. My new research project is about the Arctic in the Russian imperial imagination. Additionally, I am actively involved in Dostoevsky studies outreach. I serve as editor of The Bloggers Karamazov, the blog of the North American Dostoevsky Society. With Kate Holland I am working on a project to mark the bicentenary of Dostoevsky’s birth in 2021.

Upcoming Talks and Conferences

“Chekhov’s Ghosts: Imagining the Spectral at the Edge of the Modern,” ASEEES, Boston, Dec 2018

Participant on roundtables “Crime and Punishment: Issues of Teaching and Translation” and “Teaching Dostoevsky in the 21st Century,” AATSEEL, New Orleans, Feb 2019

“What Would Raskolnikov Do? Reader Expectation and the Epilogue of Crime and Punishment,” CENES Faculty Research Colloquium, 26 Feb 2019

Talks at the University of Hokkaido and University of Tokyo in Japan, Mar 2019

“Dostoevsky’s Gothic Heroine: From Netochka to Nastas’ia Filippovna,” International Dostoevsky Symposium, Boston, July 2019

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