Bridging expertise across disciplines within the academy, and with practitioners from outside institutions, remains ever more critical for developing dialogue in preparing younger generations to discuss today's global challenges to the understanding of culture, society, and history. As a researcher and educator interested in visual media, political theory, and gender studies, I often find myself working across professional contexts as a critic, editor, and translator. My work has brought me into conversation with scholars, researchers, students, artists, and community activists from the U.S. and East Central Europe, Ukraine, and Russia whose diverse interests often intersect in socially and politically meaningful ways. I regularly participate in projects and lectures for more general public audiences, in addition to specialized academic communities. I have organized and participated in events at institutions including N.Y.U., Harvard, U-Toronto, U-Michigan, Kyiv-Mohyla Academy, and the Lviv Center for Urban History, among others.
I aim to bring appreciation and interest to the diverse cultures I study. In 2010, I was selected by the U.S. Department of State for a competitive position to serve as a Delegate to the Transatlantic Young Leaders Conference in Prague, Czech Republic Nov. 6-12. I served on the delegation dedicated to cultural and religious tolerance and diversity, along with other U.S. representatives from the academic, NGO, and government sectors. We continued to pursue dialogue in these areas alongside our peers from throughout Central and Eastern Europe.
Mentorship is a cornerstone to sustaining education and creative communities. I regularly advise graduates and undergraduates interested in pursuing international academic exchange opportunities. I have also designed and delivered workshops on digital media, research methodologies in cultural and gender studies, theatre, and political theory.
I've served as an elected representative in different capacities inside and outside of academia, including at the Board of the U.S. Association of Women in Slavic Studies; the University of Michigan CREES Executive Council; and at the Rackham Graduate School. I regularly serve as a peer-reviewer for academic journals in area studies, gender studies, visual culture, and other fields.
I am a co-founding editor of the Forum on Race & Postcolonialism at Krytyka: Journal for Ukrainian Politics and Society, Harvard Ukrainian Research Institute. I am also a Member of the Advisory Board of H-Net: Ukraine, and an Associate Member of the Shevchenko Scientific Society (NTSh-A) in New York, NY.
Along with the above, I am also an active member of:
Atlantika Collective of visual culture educators and curators
Association for Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies (ASEEES)
Association for Women in Slavic Studies (AWSS)
Humanities, Arts, Science, and Technology Alliance and Collaboratory (HASTAC)
A conference I organized at University of Toronto: