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Associate Professor, World Languages and Cultures
STATEMENT ON RUSSIAN INVASION
As Coordinator of MSU's Russian Program, I unequivocally condemn Russia’s unprovoked invasion of Ukraine. The invasion is a direct violation of international law (U.N. Charter Article 2(4)) and Russia’s own signed commitment “to respect the independence and sovereignty of Ukraine’s existing borders.” (Budapest Memorandum on Security Assurances). Our hearts are with the people of Ukraine. We stand in solidarity with them in opposing this war.
I am the Director of the Medical Humanities and the Coordinator of the Russian Program.
Visit the Russian Program homepage at http://www.montclair.edu/chss/modern-languages-literatures/russian-program/
Visit the Medical Humanities homepage at https://www.montclair.edu/chss/medical-humanities/
My research focuses on 19th-century novels from Russia, Western Europe, and the United States. I'm particularly interested in how modern fiction intersects with other spheres of cultural production, including medicine, visual art, and religion. I have published two books: The Real and The Sacred: Picturing Jesus in Nineteenth-Century Fiction (University of Michigan Press, 2014); and Alter Icons: The Russian Icon and Modernity (Penn State Press, 2010). My publications include articles on Chekhov and medicine as well as articles and book chapters on Tolstoy, Dostoevsky, Proust, Vasily Pelenov, and Lew Wallace.