Research Interests and Specialization
With an M.A. in Applied Linguistics and a Ph.D. in Literature and Cultural Studies (both concentrating on Russian area studies), I have focused in much of my work on the complex interrelationship between language, culture, and politics, particularly during times of radical social change. My first book, Speaking in Soviet Tongues: Language Culture and the Politics of Voice in Early Soviet Russia examines the emergence of a new language of state in the decades following the Bolshevik Revolution, and the role played in that process by institutions of literature, linguistics, journalism, and education. My second book, After Newspeak: Language Culture and Politics in Russia from Gorbachev to Putin (Cornell University Press, 2014) offers a cultural history of the Russian language since the collapse of the Soviet Union. I’ve also co-edited the volume, Digital Russia: The Language, Culture, and Politics of New Media Communication (Routledge, 2014).
My most recent peer-reviewed publications both appeared in leading Russian-language venues.
- The first examines “Trolling, Power, and Political Communication in Putin’s Russia” (2020). If you read Russian, check it out for free!
- The most recent one (a chapter for an edited volume), “‘Curse You, Alexey Navalny’:The Boundaries of Civic Debate in the Networked Public Sphere of Putin’s Russia” (2021), looks at YouTube as an imperfect alternative “networked public sphere” for political debate. This is also in Russian, and appears open-access in abbreviated form in the highly regarded web-based periodical, Colta.
Current projects having me venturing further into the area of Internet and New Media Studies and their impact on Russian politics and civil communication in general. See my Current Research and Publications page for recent lectures and articles on this topic.
I’ve taught a number of courses in Russian language, literature, and culture during my tenure at UF. My schedule for the 2022–2022 academic year includes:
RUW 4341: Russian Media Culture
RUS 4001: Advanced Russian 2
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