Major Field: Medieval Slavic Literature
Minor Field: Classical Tibetan Literature
Research Interests: medieval Slavic literature and the Church Slavic literary tradition, from origins to the present day; hymnography; hagiography; translation; uses of Scripture and scriptural translation and interpretation in the Church Slavic literary tradition; traditional philological methods and practice; contemporary literary theory and pre-modern reading and hermeneutics; Russian Orthodoxy (sensu lato) and Roman Catholicism; ecclesiastical book culture (including both manuscript and printed books); prayer books. Focuses of research and translation projects have included St Demetrius of Rostov, Avvakum, and St Seraphim (Zvezdinskij) of Dmitrov. I am dedicated to reading Orthodox Slavic sacred writers as part of the Eastern Orthodox Patristic heritage. I also have a burgeoning academic interest in Tibetan Buddhism, especially in Siberia during the Imperial and Soviet periods. I wish I knew more about Slavia Romana.
M.Div., 2016, St Vladimir’s Orthodox Theological Seminary, co-valedictorian, summa cum laude, commendation for thesis
B.A., Russian and Eastern European Studies, 2013, Yale University, summa cum laude and honors in major
M.Div. thesis: A Liturgical and Devotional History of Akathist Hymns. Advisor: Alexander Rentel.
B.A. senior essay: Three Letters of the Archpriest Avvakum. Advisor: Harvey Goldblatt.
Nani Deb Memorial Prize in Asian Religions, 2017
As an undergraduate:
Warren Memorial High Scholarship Prize, 2013
Scott Prize in Russian, 2013
Wolfgang Leonhard Prize, co-winner, 2013
Series Editor, Treasures of Orthodox Spirituality, St Vladimir’s Seminary Press, 2017–
Jesus Crucified: The Baroque Spirituality of St Dimitry of Rostov. Yonkers, NY: St Vladimir’s Seminary Press, 2017. (forthcoming Fall 2017)
Kanonik: A Book of Canons. A Supplement to Orthodox Daily Prayers. South Canaan, PA: St Tikhon’s Monastery Press. (MS submitted, in press, title may change)
A Treasury of Russian Hymns and Prayers. South Canaan, PA: St Tikhon’s Monastery Press. (MS submitted, in press, title may change)