When I left Stanford in
1994, I took a position at Williams College where I have been
working in the Russian Department there ever since. Although the
Russian program at Williams is relatively small, I’ve
been blessed with outstanding students and fantastic
colleagues—among whom is another alumna of
Stanford’s Slavic Department, Darra
Working at a liberal arts college
has allowed me to branch out in my research and teaching. In
addition to courses in Russian language and literature, I teach
courses in Comparative literature and have chaired both my
department and the Program in Comparative Literature at Williams.
Much to my own surprise, I’ve also become the resident
expert on Tolstoi and Dostoevskii at Williams, which I would have
never anticipated in light of my interests during graduate
continue to work on theater, cinema, and theatricality of the early
Soviet period, but my current research focuses above all on Russian
theater and theatricality of the early nineteenth century.
I am currently working on a book manuscript that examines
gender performance during the golden era of Russian theater.
I've also published an article on the cult of
personality of Vladimir Putin with Emily Johnson of the University
of Oklahoma, and I hope to publish soon something on
Russia's participation in the Eurovision Song