curriculum vitae


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CURRENT POSITION

Lecturer, Department of Sociology, University of Wisconsin–Madison


PAST POSITIONS

Visiting Fellow, Aleksanteri Institute – Finnish Centre for Russian and Eastern European Studies, University of Helsinki (mid-May–mid-July 2017)

Visiting Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology, University of Wisconsin–Madison (August 2014–May 2016)

Fellow, Hanse-Wissenschaftskolleg (Institute for Advanced Study), Delmenhorst, Germany (April–June 2015)

Visiting Scholar, Forschungsstelle Osteuropa–FSO (Research Centre for East European Studies), University of Bremen, Germany (February–June 2015)

Adjunct Lecturer, Department of Sociology, University of Wisconsin–Madison (2011–2013)


EDUCATION

PhD, Sociology, New School for Social Research (2014)

Dissertation: “A Soviet Middle Class and the Twilight of Socialism: Discourses of Politics and Culture in the Two Decades before Perestroika” (advisor: Andrew Arato)

MA, Society and Politics, University of Lancaster, UK (at Central European University, Prague, Czech Republic)

BA/MA, Sociology, Moscow State University (Moscow, Russia)

Fields of Specialization: political sociology, cultural sociology, comparative-historical sociology, social theory

Research and Teaching Interests: political and economic liberalizations; democracy and capitalism; political culture and civil society; social movements; political protest and culture; class, culture, and consumption; sociological theory; socialist and post-socialist history, politics, and culture in Europe and Eurasia


ACADEMIC AWARDS
  • Short list, Best Article Prize for 2015, Social Movement Studies journal
  • Winner, First Article Prize in Social Sciences, Council for European Studies, 2012
  • Honorable mention, Edward Shils–James Coleman Memorial Award for Best Student Paper, Theory Section, American Sociological Association, 2011
  • Winner, Suzanne Langer Prize for Best Student Paper, Section on the Sociology of Culture, American Sociological Association, 2009
  • Runner-up, Graduate Student Essay Contest, Mid-Atlantic Slavic Conference, 2008
  • Winner, Reinhard Bendix Best Student Paper Award, Section on Comparative and Historical Sociology, American Sociological Association, 2007
  • New School Eberstadt Dissertation Fellowship, Academic Year 2004–2005
  • New Social Science Training Fellowship, Transregional Center for Democratic Studies, New School for Social Research, Fall 1999

PUBLICATIONS (* peer-reviewed)

2017. “A Closed Society? Repression and Countermovement in Russia.” Trajectories: Newsletter of the ASA Comparative and Historical Sociology Section 29(1):20–24

*2015. “This Is What Democracy Sounds Like: Protest Performances of the Citizenship Movement in Wisconsin and Beyond.” Social Movement Studies 14(6):635–650

2014. Review of Rethinking Class in Russia edited by Suvi Salmenniemi. Laboratorium: Russian Review of Social Research 6(1):130–132

2012. “A Middle Class without Capitalism? Socialist Ideology and Post-Collectivist Discourse in the Late-Soviet Era.” Pp. 43–66 in Soviet Society in the Era of Late Socialism, 1964–1985, ed. by Neringa Klumbyte and Gulnaz Sharafutdinova. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books

*2010. “The Soviet Communist Party and the Other Spirit of Capitalism.” Sociological Theory 28(4):377–401

2008. Review of From Elections to Democracy: Building Accountable Government in Hungary and Poland by Susan Rose-Ackerman. Constellations 15(4):592–596

Work in Progress

Middle Class and the Twilight of Socialism: Discourses of Politics and Culture in the Late Soviet Union, book manuscript (in preparation)


CONFERENCE PRESENTATIONS

“Protest Movements and the Culture of Democratic Liberty: The Example of Street Mobilization in Russia, 2011–2012,” American Sociological Association, August 2017; Seventh Annual Young Scholars Conference, Center for the Study of Social Movements, University of Notre Dame, IN, May 2016

“Tocqueville on the Barricades: Searching for the Culture of Democratic Liberty at Russian Protests,” Association for Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies, November 2015; 2015 Collective Behavior and Social Movements Workshop, August 2015; American Sociological Association, August 2013

“This Is What Democracy Sounds Like: Protest Performances of the Citizenship Movement in Wisconsin and Beyond,” 2015 Collective Behavior and Social Movements Workshop, August 2015; Social Science History Association, November 2014

“The Politics of Smallest Things: How the ‘Lazy, Cowardly, and Selfish’ Changed the Soviet Union,” Association for Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies, November 2016; Research Center for East European Studies (University of Bremen, Germany), May 2011; Center for Contemporary History (Potsdam, Germany), April 2011; Midwest Sociological Society, April 2010

“Making Its Own Gravediggers: Post-Collectivist Values and the End of Socialism,” American Association for the Advancement of Slavic Studies, November 2008

“Professor Pipe-Fitter: The Old New Soviet Man,” Mid-Atlantic Slavic Conference, March 2008

“Middle Class without Capitalism? Socialist Ideology and Post-Collectivist Discourse in Late Soviet Union,” Havighurst Center for Russian and Post-Soviet Studies at Miami University, OH, October 2007; American Sociological Association, August 2007

“Socialist Consumer Society and a New Soviet Man—Worlds Apart? Consumption Discourse in the Soviet Union,” Canadian Sociology and Anthropology Association, May 2006; Association for the Study of Nationalities, March 2006

“Revenge of the Superstructure: Did Socialist Ideology Create a Middle Class in the Soviet Union?” Mid-Atlantic Slavic Conference, April 2006

“Constitution Writing Process in Russia and Brazil: The Role of the State in Shaping Federal Systems,” Transregional Center for Democratic Studies, New School for Social Research, December 1999

“Russia’s Ad Hoc Asymmetric Federalism: Pre-Modern, Irrational, and Disintegrating,” Association for the Study of Nationalities, April 1999


TEACHING

Instructor of Record

“Social Movements,” University of Wisconsin–Madison, Fall 2017, Fall 2016 (advanced-undergraduate and graduate level)
“The Soviet Jewish Experience,” University of Wisconsin–Madison, Fall 2017 (intermediate-undergraduate level; Department of Sociology and Center for Jewish Studies)
“Classical Sociological Theory,” University of Wisconsin–Madison, Spring 2017, Fall 2016, Spring 2016, Fall 2015, Fall 2014, Spring 2013, Fall 2012, Spring 2011 (undergraduate and non-sociology graduate level)
“The Sociological Enterprise,” University of Wisconsin–Madison, Fall 2017, Spring 2017, Fall 2016, Spring 2016 (elementary-undergraduate level)
“Thinking about Society,” Eugene Lang College, Fall 2001 (undergraduate level)

Teaching Assistant

“Social Thought I: Social Change,” New School for Social Research, Fall 2007, Fall 2006
“World Cultures: Russia between East and West,” New York University, Spring 2007, Spring 2006
“World Cultures: Russia since 1917,” New York University, Spring 2004, Spring 2003, Spring 2002


RESEARCH EXPERIENCE

Research Assistant, Prof. Diane E. Davis’s project “Public versus Private Security Forces and the Rule of Law: The Transformation of Policing in South Africa, Russia, and Mexico,” New School For Social Research, New York, 2001–2002

Research Associate for Europe and Asia, Committee to Protect Journalists, New York, 2000–2001 (acting Program Coordinator, June–August 2000)

Research Analyst, EastWest Institute, New York, 1997–2000 (based in Moscow, Russia, and New York)

Assistant Research Analyst, Open Media Research Institute, Prague, Czech Republic, 1995–1997 (based in Prague, Czech Republic, and Moscow, Russia)

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