I am currently 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. Today many institutions stand in solidarity with Ukraine. The following Fulbright Commissions from across Europe have signed a Statement of Solidarity with Fulbright Ukraine: Belgium/Luxembourg, Poland, France, Ireland, U.K., Germany, Austria, Sweden, Denmark, Iceland, Spain, Portugal, Italy, Greece, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary, Romania.
This year marks the 30th Anniversary of the IIE-Fulbright office in Kyiv. I was able to break new ground by developing a new study-abroad program with counterparts in NYC and D.C. this year that will support one semester leadership exchanges for undergraduates from Ukraine to U.S. implementing new ideas and projects to support educational development upon their return to their home country.
My monograph Superfluous Women: Feminism, Art, and Revolution in Twenty-First Century Ukraine (University of Toronto Press 2020) is regularly cited and has been widely reviewed. My book has won the MLA Book Prize in Slavic Studies in 2022; the American Association for Ukrainian Studies Book Prize in 2022; and the Honorable Mention of 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.
My book will be published in Polish translation in 2023 in a newly edited edition by the coveted, award-winning top press for visual culture/cultural theory/communicative critique in Poland. The book will also soon appear in Ukrainian translation at the esteemed transatlantic Krytyka Press.
In 2017-2018 was a U.S. Fulbright Scholar in Area Studies to the National University of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy in Ukraine, where I taught university courses in visual anthropology and also in women's studies in the Sociology Department, delivered talks to several universities, and conducted research for a new monograph under contract with University of Toronto Press at several institutions and archives.
I have also been hosted as a Research Fellow in Canada at the University of Toronto Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy from 2015-2016 and the University of Alberta from 2018-2021. I was a Visiting Scholar at IRES: Institute for Russian and Eurasian Studies at Uppsala University in Sweden, in September 2019. I have participated in invited talks and residencies at universities and also museums, including IMMA: Ireland Museum of Modern Art in Dublin; 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 Languages and Literatures, with a cognate in History and a very 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 Lwów/Lviv region, in 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 have developed and taught my own syllabi in the areas of literature, film, cultural studies, and global affairs (at Munk School, U-Toronto). These courses represent my teaching portfolio of both graduate-level and undergraduate level courses at University of Toronto and University of Michigan. I have served as a member of committees: I advised a Ph.D. dissertation in Slavic/Comparative Literature at U-Mass Amherst, and an MA Thesis in Art History at University of Alberta.
I currently serve in an elected capacity on two professional boards including the Association for Women in Slavic Studies, and a nominated capacity on two others. I regularly peer-review articles for journals in my research areas.
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.
For more information, please visit the other sections of this website, and/or contact me for my CV.
A portrait by a colleague, Oksana Briukhovetska, 2022