Education

PhD     University of California, Berkeley, History, Expected In                                                   2018  

MA      University of Texas, Austin, History, Received In                                                               2012

BA      University of California, Berkeley, History (Honors), Received In                                     2009

Dissertation

“Violence Tamed: The Death Penalty in the Soviet Union, 1945-1991.” Dissertation Committee: Yuri Slezkine (Chair), Victoria Frede, Joan Neuberger, Daniel Sargent, Jonathan Simon.

Publications

Coauthored with Jeffrey Hardy, “Legality and Morality in Supreme Soviet Discussions of Death Row Pardons, 1953-64,” Cahiers du Monde Russe (Invited to Resubmit).

Fellowships and Awards

2017          University of California at Berkeley Alan Sharlin Memorial Award

2016-17     NYU Jordan Center for the Advanced Study of Russian Writer in Residence Fellowship

2016          Association for Slavic, Eastern European and Eurasian Studies Dissertation Research Grant

2016          University of California at Berkeley Institute of Slavic Eastern European Eurasian Studies Summer Research Grant

2016          Outstanding Graduate Student Instructor Award

2015          University of California at Berkeley History Department Research Year Fellowship

2015          University of California at Berkeley John L. Simpson Memorial Research Fellowship

2015          University of California at Berkeley Institute for International Studies Pre-Dissertation Research Grant

2015          University of California at Berkeley Institute of Slavic Eastern European Eurasian Studies Summer Grant

2014          University of California at Berkeley Institute of Slavic Eastern European Eurasian Studies Summer Grant

2014          University of California at Berkeley Graduate Division Summer Grant

2013          University of California at Berkeley Institute of Slavic Eastern European Eurasian Studies Summer                               Grant

2013          University of California at Berkeley Graduate Division Summer Grant

2013          Foreign Languages and Area Studies Fellowship – Russian

2012          University of California at Berkeley History Department Academic Year Fellowship

2012          Foreign Languages and Area Studies Fellowship – German (declined)

2012          University of Texas at Austin History Department Research Grant

2010          University of Texas at Austin History Department Research Grant

Selected Conference Presentations

2017          “Mind Control: Psychiatry and the Soviet Death Penalty, 1945-1991." Accepted at the Annual Convention of the Association for Slavic, Eastern European, and Eurasian Studies, Chicago, IL. With Stephen Bittner.

2017         “The Crowd.” Presented at the First Annual Russian/Soviet History Workshop, Brown University, Providence, RI.

2017         “Contesting Death: Russian Community Activism and the Death Penalty, 1978-1991.” Presented at the North East Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies Conference, New York, NY. With Brigid O’Keeffe.

2017          “‘We’re Talking about Human Life’: Death Penalty Pardons under Khrushchev, 1954-1964.” Accepted at the First Annual Workshop on Russian History, University of Nevada at Las Vegas, Las Vegas, NV. With Jeffrey Hardy.

2016          “Mercy and Reform: Appealing a Death Sentence in the Soviet Union, 1982-1991. Presented at the Annual Convention of the Association for Slavic, Eastern European,   and Eurasian Studies, Washington, DC.

2015         “Istoricheskii akt: The Abolition of Capital Punishment in the USSR in 1947." Delivered at the Annual Convention of the Association for Slavic, Eastern European, and Eurasian Studies, Philadelphia, PA. With Jochen Hellbeck.

2014          “Revolution on their Mind: Writing a Solidarity Letter Under Brezhnev.” Delivered at the Annual Interdisciplinary Graduate Student Conference, Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures, Princeton University, Princeton, NJ. With Ilya Vinitsky.

2012            “Kurt Vonnegut in the USSR.” Delivered at the Annual Meeting of the History of Science Society, San Diego, CA. With Alexei Kojevnikov.

2012          “Scientists, Human Rights, & the American Intellectual Landscape.” Delivered at the Annual Meeting of the American Historical Association, Chicago, IL. With Elizabeth Borgwardt.

Teaching

Interests:   Soviet History, Russian History, Russian Law And Society, The Collapse of the USSR and its Aftermath.

Spring 2017           Locked Up: The Carceral State in The 20th Century. University Of California, Berkeley. Head Instructor.

Spring 2015           The United States From The Civil War to the Present, University Of California, Berkeley. Head Graduate Student Instructor.

Fall 2014               American History from Settlement to Civil War, University Of California, Berkeley. Head Graduate Student Instructor.

Spring 2014           The United States from the Civil War To The Present, University Of California, Berkeley.

Fall 2013               United States International History, WWII – The Present, University Of California, Berkeley.

Spring 2013           European History, World War I – The Present, University Of California, Berkeley.

Guest Lectures

Summer 2015        “The Cold War at Home and Abroad,” guest lecture for Prof. Gene Zubovich’s course “The United States from the Civil War to the Present,” University of California, Berkeley.

Spring 2015           “Containment Abroad,” guest lecture for Prof. Felicia Viator’s course “The United States from the Civil War to the Present,” University of California, Berkeley.

Service and Leadership

2017-         Head organizer of Russian Revolution Centenary Graduate Student Workshop

2014          Co-organized the UC Berkeley American Political History Seminar

2013          Chaired the UC Berkeley History Graduate Association

2013 –16    Founding member of the Berkeley International and Global History Conference. http://www.ocf.berkeley.edu/~bigh/

2013          Co-organized the UC Berkeley Russian History Kruzhok

Related Experience

2014 -                    Write consistently high-trafficked, general-audience articles on Soviet and American history for TIME Magazine. http://www.time.com/LIFE

2015-16     Wrote general-audience reviews of social science projects for the Berkeley Social Science Matrix website, http://www.matrix.berkeley.edu/

2013-14    Provide research, editorial, and production support for Women’s Social Movements International. http://wasi.alexanderstreet.com/

2012          Independently produced, researched, and wrote stories for KUT, National Public Radio’s Austin, TX branch. http://www.kut.org

2011          Produced and edited general-audience articles and reviews for Not Even Past, the University of Texas at Austin’s history website, edited by Professor Joan Neuberger. http://www.notevenpast.org

2006          Translated interviews from Russian to English for the Public Broadcasting Service’s Frontline/WORLD documentary “Russia: Island on the Edge." http://www.pbs.org/frontlineworld/rough/2007/05/russia_island_o.html

Languages

Russian (native), Spanish (intermediate), French (reading)