Meet the Faculty
PhD, Georgetown University
MA, The Pennsylvania State University
BA (with high distinction), The Pennsylvania State University
Bard College visiting professor
Smolny College, a joint US/Russian venture in liberal arts education sponsored by Bard College and St. Petersburg University
Areas of Interest:
Russian History, all periods, with a specialization in the Muscovite Period • Women's History and Women's Studies • Feminist Theory; European History • Contemporary Critical Theory, in particular the works of Michel Foucault • Critical Film analysis • the history of sexuality.
Research Interests/Professional Service:
My research interests are in Muscovite Russian History; Soviet film in the 1920s; contemporary critical theory, and feminist theory. I did archival work in the Soviet Union as an International Research and Exchange Board Scholar, and was a Research Associate at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, serving as assistant to Ambassador George Kennan. I was also Secretary-Treasurer for the New England Slavic Association, and participated in "The Ends of Civilization: A Taking Stock on the Eve of the Millennium," a discussion program sponsored by the Massachusetts Foundation of the Humanities. At Simon's Rock I served as Social Studies Division head for nearly ten years, and as Emily Fisher Faculty Fellow in 2007-2009. I have also co-directed the Early College Teaching Seminars, begun in 2005, to introduce Simon’s Rock pedagogical techniques to a national audience of educators. Finally, I directed the inaugural Senior Workshop, and continue in that position.
I have published my work on pre-Petrine Russian history and on Soviet Culture in Slavic Review and The Journal of Popular Culture, leading US journals in their respective fields, as well as in Studies in Bibliography. It was also included in the Proceedings of the Third International Conference on Arts and Humanities. My coauthored articles on feminist critique of contemporary cultural practices and interdisciplinary studies have appeared in Gender and Education, and Afterimage. Recently, I presented new research on contemporary critical theory, early Soviet film, and the construction of Russian and American identities to international audiences of Slavicists in the United Kingdom, and scholars in the arts and humanities in Hawaii. My latest work is as editor of Educating Outside the Lines: Bard College at Simon’s Rock on a ‘New Pedagogy’ for the Twenty-first Century, published in 2011. I also authored a chapter on interdisciplinarity at Simons Rock for this collection, and presented a paper on the latter at an international conference on education in 2011.
- Richard C. Drumm Sr. Award, 2009-2010
- John A. Glover Award, 2000-2001
- Bard College at Simon’s Rock Faculty Development Grants 1983-2011
- International Research and Exchanges Board Grant to do dissertation research in 1977-1978 in the Soviet Union
- Phi Beta Kappa
- Phi Alpha Theta
- Phi Kappa Phi