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.
A recent conference I organized at University of Toronto: Critical Contexts of the Ukraine Conflict: Uncommon Perspectives.
I regularly serve as a peer-reviewer for journals in history, gender studies, visual culture, media, area studies, and other fields. I've served as an elected representative in different capacities within academia, including at the U.S. Association of Women in Slavic Studies, and the University of Michigan. I am a co-founding editor of Race & Postcolonialism at Krytyka: Journal for Ukrainian Politics and Society. Harvard Ukrainian Research Institute.
I am a member and contributor to ATLANTIKA COLLECTIVE of artists, curators, and educators with Mark Isaac, Gabriela Bulisova, Todd Forsgren, Maria Shesiuk, Bill Crandall, and Joe Lucchesi.
I am also a member of the following:
Association for Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies
Association for Women in Slavic Studies
Canadian Anthropology Society (CAS)
European International Studies Association (EISA)
Council for European Studies
National Women’s Studies Association
Humanities, Arts, Science, and Technology Alliance and Collaboratory (HASTAC)
U.S. Fulbright Association