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Daniel joined the Slavic Department in 2012. His research interests include Soviet and post-Soviet literature, modes of realism, and the intersection of ethics and literature. He is currently working on a dissertation in which he examines aesthetic strategies and truth claims in Soviet literature and film about the Second World War, focusing on the war writings of Andrei Platonov, Viktor Nekrasov, Vasil Bykov, Vladimir Sorokin, and Svetlana Alexievich. His master's thesis examined the historical context of Tolstoy's Sevastpol Stories. He also hopes one day to complete a project on Saltykov-Shchedrin, and has been involved with various pedagogical and digital humanities projects at Stanford, including Lacuna, the EPIC fellowship, and the Preparing Future Professors program. When he's not working on these things, Daniel is usually surfing or watching basketball.
Dissertation (in progress): "Doomed to Great Deeds": Soviet Literature and the Second World War
Qualifying paper: "Grave Misgivings Overwhelm Me": the Sevastopol Sketches and the Evolution of Tolstoy's Views on War
B.A. Thesis (at Davidson College): Boris Pasternak's Twin in the Clouds: Translation and Commentary
"No Other Proof": Svetlana Aleksievich in the Tradition of Soviet War Writing, Canadian Slavonic Papers (forthcoming)
"Lacuna Stories: Using Annotation in the College-English Classroom." iAnnotate Conference, Berlin. May 22, 2016. Invited speaker and panelist.
"Using Lacuna in Community College Courses." 2016 EPIC Symposium. May 14, 2016. Invited speaker and panel host.
"Introduction to the Poetic Media Lab." Stanford Humanities House. February, 2016. Invited Talk.
"'Searching for Communism in Words': Andrei Platonov and Violence." Stanford-Berkeley Conference on Andrei Platonov. Stanford, California. May, 2013.
Intermediate Russian - Fall 2013, Winter & Spring 2014
Russian Conversation - Fall 2014, Winter 2015
Anna Karenina and the Social Thought of its Time, taught by Gregory Freidin, Winter 2014
B.A., Comparative Literature, Davidson College