B.A., M.A., Herzen University, St. Petersburg, Russia; Ph.D., Harvard University. Research topics include ideological paradigms of Soviet political, media, and literary discourse of the Cold War; relationship between rhetoric of power and language of literature in totalitarian societies; Soviet and post-Soviet children’s literature; visual poetics of Vladimir Nabokov; Poem Without a Hero by Anna Akhmatova. Translator, editor, with Brian Boyd, Letters to Vera: Vladimir Nabokov's Correspondence with His Wife, 1923–1976 (Knopf/Penguin, 2013). Director, Information Resource Center, U.S. Consulate General, St. Petersburg, Russia (2001–04); deputy director, St. Petersburg Nabokov Museum (1998–2001). At Bard since 2010.