• M.A. Comparative Literature, UCLA 2014
  • M.A. Theater History and Criticism, CUNY Brooklyn 2010
  • B.A. Political Science, UCLA 2006


  • Satire as socio-political excess in tension with philosophy and ideology
  • “Destruction Cinema” in Contemporary Russia
  • The grotesque body as opposition to ideology


  • “A Stanislavsky-Inspired Actor Training Workshop: An Interview with Dmitry Troyanovsky and Ben Sargent.” Slavic and Eastern European Performance, volume 30, no. 2. The Graduate Center of the City University of New York: Martin E. Segal Theatre Center, Spring 2010.
  •  Articles for Slant Magazine:
  • Columns for Metro New York: “The Obscure Art of Cinema” and “Theater and Performance”
  • Articles for Kstati Russian Weekly Newspaper:
  • “Foreign policy community hosts discussion of Ukraine’s elections.” The Ukrainian Weekly, No.
    18, Sunday, April 30, 2006.

Field of Interest

Classical drama and philosophy; Modern Russian Literature; Literature of the Spanish Golden Age; The intersection between satire, philosophy, and democracy


Russia, Spanish, Latin


  • Comparative Literature 2BW: Survey of Literature from Middle Ages to 17th Century (UCLA)
  • Comparative Literature 2CW: Survey of Literature from Enlightenment to 20th Century (UCLA)
  • Comparative Literature 2DW: Survey of Literature of Great Books from World at Large (UCLA)
  • Graduate Seminar on Theater History to 1641 (CUNY Brooklyn)