I am a Soviet/Russian historian who is fascinated by the Soviet social and cultural experiment.


In fall 2020, I will begin my Ph.D. in History at the University of Pennsylvania.

Experience, identity, subjectivity, nationality policy, and the constructions of race and nation, define the core of my work. Currently, I am working on two diverse research projects.


The first examines how African Americans experienced the Soviet Union from the 1917 Bolshevik Revolution to WWII. 

The second uses the concept of subjectivity to study lived experience in the Ukrainian countryside during the Famine of 1932.

Matroyshka Dolls



Soviet Nationality Policy

2012 - 2014

Harvard University

M.A. in Regional Studies: Russia, Eastern Europe, and Central Asia

Focus on History and Russian language

Soviet Subjectivity

African American Experience in the USSR

Local-level analysis of Soviet experience

2008 - 2012

Swarthmore College

B.A. in History

2017 - 2019

Adams State University

Graduate-level courses in American history


University of Pennsylvania

Ph.D. in History 

Fields: Modern Europe (Russia, Soviet Union, Eurasia) and America (From 1877)