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).

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 Publications page for recent articles on this topic.


I’ve taught a number of courses in Russian language, literature, and culture during my tenure at UF. I will be on research sabbatical for the 2018–2019 academic year, but look forward to returning to the classroom fall 2019, when I’ll be teaching

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Contact Information

Office: 261 Dauer Hall
Phone: (352) 273-3786

Mailing address:
Department of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures
University of Florida
P.O. Box 115565
Gainesville, FL 32611-5565.