ABOUT


I am based in Kyiv/Warszawa, where I am the Director of the U.S. Fulbright Program in Ukraine and the Head of IIE: Institute of International Education Kyiv Office.
For a recent article about the history of IIE since 1919 in light of current events in Ukraine and elsewhere around the globe, see here.

My book Superfluous Women: Feminism, Art, and Revolution in Twenty-First Century Ukraine (University of Toronto Press 2020) is regularly cited and has been widely reviewed. It has won the MLA Book Prize in Slavic Studies in 2022; the American Association for Ukrainian Studies Book Prize in 2022; and is the Honorable Mention at the Omelijan Hrytsak Book Prize in Ukrainian Studies from Harvard in 2021. I have given an author's Interview for the U.S. Association for Slavic and East European Studies here.


I have been a U.S. Fulbright Scholar in Area Studies to the National University of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy in Ukraine (2017-2018), where I taught university courses, delivered talks, and conducted research at several institutions, libraries, and archives. I have been hosted as a Visiting Scholar at IRES: Institute for Russian and Eurasian Studies at Uppsala University in Sweden (in September 2019). I have also been a Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Toronto Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy from 2015-2016, as well as the University of Alberta's Canadian Institute of Ukrainian Studies. I have participated in invited talks and residencies at: the University of St. Andrews in Edinburgh, Scotland; NYU's Center for European and Mediterranean Studies; the Baltic Center for Writers and Translators in Gotland; University of Kansas CREEES; University of Indiana REEI; University of Arkansas; University of Würzberg in Germany, and several others. I also have experience as a Training Specialist in communications and cybersecurity for mid-career professionals at Department of Homeland Security HQ in Washington, D.C. and as a Fellow at U-Michigan Weiser Center for Emerging Democracies.  
 

I completed my doctorate at the University of Michigan in 2015 in Slavic Studies, with a cognate in History and a competitive residency at the Institute for Research on Women and Gender (IRWG). While at U-Michigan, I also earned a certificate in Area Studies from the Center for Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies (CREEES); served on the CREES Executive Board; and was in the first cohort of the U-M Initiative in Digital Humanities, through which I received a competitive award and was selected to attend the North America DHSI: Digital Humanities Summer Institute hosted at the University of British Columbia in Canada. I earned my B.A. in English Literature with a minor in Political Theory from the University of California Berkeley. I served a full term as a U.S. Peace Corps Secondary School TEFL Volunteer to Ukraine from 2005-2007.

I have published many peer-reviewed academic articles and chapters in journals and anthologies edited by senior scholars in multiple disciplinary fields, and on highly ranked presses. Selections include, among others: Kennan Institute; the Anthropology of East Europe Review (U-Berkeley); The Journal for Ukrainian Politics and Society (Harvard U); a chapter in the anthology entitled, Transgressive Women in Modern Russian and East European Cultures: From the Bad to the Blasphemous (Routledge Press, 2016, Eds. Beth Holmgren, Mark Lipovetsky, and Yana Hashamova). I have also written pieces for general audiences on current issues concerning human rights in the context of global affairs. I am regularly contacted and serve as a peer-reviewer on texts under consideration at several academic journals in Sociology, REES Area Studies, Gender Studies, Visual Studies,  History, and New Media. I am the founding Editor of the "Forum on Race and Postcolonialism" at the journal Krytyka; a Guest Editor at EWJUS: East West Journal of Ukrainian Studies (U-Alberta); and  others. I have completed and published book-length translations of creative non-fiction texts into English by contemporary authors who write in Russian, Ukrainian, and Polish. I have also worked independently and collaboratively as a curator of museum exhibits, a featured speaker in museum public programs, and have contributed my own texts and podcast interviews to initiatives spanning the scholarly-artistic communities, with partnership from universities, NGOS, and museums. 

 

I currently serve in an elected capacity on two professional boards, and a nominated capacity on two others. I also regularly peer-review articles for journals in my research areas, and have advised two PhD thesis as a committee member (one at Univ. of Alberta and another at UMass Amherst). 

For more information, please visit the other sections of this website, and/or contact me for my CV.

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A portrait by a colleague, Oksana Briukhovetska, 2022