B.A., Pomona College; M.A., Oxford University; M.A., Ph.D., Stanford University
Professor of Russian
Interests include history of 19th-century Russian literature, Russian nature-writing, and Russian music.
I have devoted most of my research to the nexus of Russian literature and Russian music in the 1800s, and to the history of 19th-century Russian nature-writing and sporting literature. My current work is a book-length analysis of Turgenev as a nature writer: Hunting Nature: Ivan Turgenev and the Organic World.
Over the years I've taught just about every course the Russian Department offers, though now I focus on elementary Russian language and 19th-century Russian novels and poems. I teach these literature courses in both English and Russian. In 2000, with Professor Marianne Moore of the Biological Sciences Department, I co-founded the course entitled Lake Baikal: The Soul of Siberia, which sends a dozen Wellesley students to the great lake every other year.
I write occasional program notes for the Salzburg Festival's concerts of Russian music, as well as liner notes for Deutsche Grammophon.
I enjoy spending time with my wife and two children, commuting on my bike, cooking, catch-and-release fly-fishing, fly-tying, birdwatching, canoeing, hiking, camping, and playing squash.