B.A. 1987, Smith College; Ph.D. 1996, Columbia University (Russian Literature).
19th- and 20th-century Russian literature, philosophy, religious thought.
Directed Studies (Great Books of the Western Canon).
Modern Russian Culture; Literature and Empire in Russia; Literature and Revolution in Russia, 1892 to the Present; The Irrational in Russian Literature; Russian Literature in the Context of Western Philosophy; Rousseau in Russian Literature
“The Kharmsian Absurd and the Bergsonian Comic: Against Kant and Causality” (The Russian Review 57 ).
Bergson and Russian Modernism, 1900-1930 (Evanston: Northwestern University Press, 1999).
“From the Aesthetic to the Ethical: A Kierkegaardian Reading of Blok’s ‘Neznakomka’” (SEEJ 44 ).
“Tolstoy’s The Kreutzer Sonata and the Kierkegaardian ‘Either/Or’” (Canadian- American Slavic Studies 36 
“Dostoevsky, Rousseau, and the Natural Goodness of Man’” (Canadian-American Slavic Studies38 ).
Work in Progress
T.S. Eliot and the Russians.