Visiting Assistant Professor, Russian Studies
Specializes in: 19th Century Russian literature as history and culture; Dostoevsky; history of Russian medicine in the 19th century; Russian theater, notably Chekhov, Bulgakov and the history of the Moscow Art Theater.
Education: B.A. in Dramatic Arts and Russian Literature, Macalester College (1993); Ph.D. in Slavic Languages and Literatures, University of Wisconsin (2008).
Areas of Interest: My research interests span the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries and the genres of the novel and dramatic arts. My primary area of specialization is Dostoevsky and other novelists of the nineteenth century. I approach these novelists from an interdisciplinary perspective that uses medical literature of the era as a context for discussing issues of health and disease in their works. My secondary specialization is Russian theater, in particular Chekhov, Bulgakov and the early years of The Moscow Art Theater. Chekhov and Bulgakov were both doctors, so I also approach their work, including their non-dramatic material, from a medical perspective.
Publications: I have published articles in Slavic and East European Journal and Dostoevsky Studies, as well as translations in the anthology Late and Post-Soviet Russian Literature.
Current Projects: I am working on my manuscript entitled Dostoevsky’s Diseases, an exploration of Dostoevksy’s depiction of disease and health within the medical context of his time. Diseases and conditions of particular focus include alcoholism, delirium tremens, tuberculosis, epilepsy, syphilis, and hysteria.
Personal: I am a student of Iyengar yoga, which I have been practicing for twenty years. Whenever possible I participate in the theater, either by acting or serving as a dramaturg. My favorite recent role was that of Stalin in a production at the Middlebury Russian School in 2007, which I performed in Russian. I am also a devoted fan of and expert on Doctor Who (the classic series) and New Wave music.