Professor, Department of English
Parker Hall 309
- M.A. Leningrad State University, Russia
- Ph.D University of California, Davis
19th- and 20th-century Russian literature and culture, the novel, law and literature, Comparative literature.
- Wages of Evil: Dostoevsky and Punishment (Northwestern University Press, 2012).
- “‘Maria Ivanovna Was Reclining on a Settee’: Gleb Uspensky’s Search for a New Optics.” Forthcoming in Slavic Review.
- “Punishment and Crime.” In Dostoevsky in Context, eds. Deborah Martinsen and Olga Maiorova. (Cambridge University Press. Forthcoming).
- “Flourishing or Perishing? Law and Literature Airbrushed.” Law and Literature. 26 (2013) 105-116.
- “The Limits of Listening: Particularity, Compassion and Dostoevsky’s ‘Bookish Humaneness’ “ The Russian Review. 72 (2013): 573-89.
- “David Copperfield and Plagiarized Selves.” In Stones of Law — Bricks of Shame: Narrating Imprisonment in the Victorian Age, eds. Frank Lauterbach and Jan Alber. (University of Toronto Press, 2009), 134-53.
- “From Turgenev to Bitov: The Superfluous Men and Postmodern Selves.” Russian Literature. 65 (2009):561-578.
- “Beyond Moral Evangelism: On the Rejection of Punishment in Late Tolstoy.” Tolstoy Studies Journal. 20 (2008): 29-53.
- “Shades of Justice: The Trial of Sholom Schwartzbard and Dovid Bergelson’s “Among Immigrants’.” Law and Literature. 19 (2007):15-43.
- “On ‘Sticking to the Fact’ and ‘Understanding Nothing’: Dostoevsky and the Scientific Method.” The Russian Review. 65 (2006): 417-438.
- National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Stipend. 2013.
- The Whiting Foundation Grant. 2013.
- National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Stipend. 2007.
- The Whiting Foundation Grant. 2004.
- Russian and East European Center Grant, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. June – July, 2004.
- National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Seminar on “Punishment, Politics, and Culture.” Amherst College, Amherst, MA, June 24 –August 2, 2002.
Recently Taught Courses
- Russian Psychological Prose
- Literary Form and History: The Novel
- Tolstoy and Dostoevsky
- Stories of Justice
- The Art of Fiction: From Realism to Postmodernism (two-semester sequence)
- Dead Man Walking: Literature of the Death Penalty