Specialties/Research Interests: Russian Philology; Comparative Slavic Linguistics; Slavic dialectology and field work; Historical Linguistics; Language variations contacts, shift and maintenance; Language acquisition; Origins of human language; Balto-Slavic accentology; Phonetics; Folklore; Cinema.

Current Projects:

  • Translating the book Historical Roots of the Wonder Tale by Vladimir Propp from Russian to English together with Sibelan Forrester and Russell Valentino.
  • Investigating the connection between folktales narratives and pagan rituals and customs.
  • Engaged in a linguistic analysis of speakers of Susak (Croatian) dialect that live in New Jersey. This project is based on field work data that I have collected previously.
Literature, Language Studies, Russian
PhD, Indiana University, 2007