C.V.

 Education

  • 2019 (Ph.D. (History) – Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA
  • 2014 M.A. (History) – Carnegie Mellon University
  • 2011 B.A. – Lafayette College, Easton, PA: Major: Russian and East European Studies; Minor: German; Graduated Summa Cum Laude and with Departmental Honors. Class of 1910 History Prize and Rexroth German Prize recipient.

Employment Experience

  • University of Pittsburgh – Digital History Postdoctoral Fellow, World History Center, July 2019 – June 2021.
  • Carnegie Mellon University – Instructor of Record, History 79-266: “Russian History: From Communism to Capitalism,” August 2018 to December 2018.
  • Carnegie Mellon University – Teaching Assistant, Head Teaching Assistant, and Instructor, Department of History. August 2014 to December 2017.
  • GIS Mapping Research Assistant for Dr. Emanuela Grama, Carnegie Mellon University Department of History, May 2018.
  • St. Luke’s School, New Canaan, CT – Substitute teacher. November 2012 – May 2013.
  • Simbirsk Resource Center, Ulyanovsk, Russia – Volunteer English Teacher. November 2011 – June 2012.
  • Ulyanovsk State Technical University – Fulbright English Teaching Assistant, Department of Applied Linguistics. September 2011 – June 2012.
  • Lafayette College – Writing Associate, Mentor Writing Associate, and Russian Tutor. August 2008 – May 2011.

Academic Grants and Fellowships

  • Digital History Postdoctoral Associate, University of Pittsburgh World History Center, July 2019 – June 2021.
  • Goldman Award for Excellence in Teaching, Department of History, Carnegie Mellon University, May 2019.
  • Department of History Dissertation Writing Fellowship, Carnegie Mellon University, Spring 2019.
  • Kathryn W. Davis Graduate Student Travel Grant, Association of Slavic, East European, & Eurasian Studies, June 2018.
  • Central European History Society Travel and Research Grant. Awarded February 2018.
  • A.W. Mellon Digital Humanities Fellowship, Carnegie Mellon University. January 2018 – December 2018.
  • Humanities, Arts, Science, and Technology Alliance and Collaboratory (HASTAC) Scholar. October 2017 – June 2019.
  • Cohen-Tucker Dissertation Fellowship, Association of Slavic, East European, & Eurasian Studies. September 2016 – June 2017.
  • A.W. Mellon Digital Humanities Fellowship, Carnegie Mellon University. January 2016 – December 2016.
  • Research Associate at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Summer Research Laboratory on Russia, Eastern Europe, and Eurasia. June 2015.
  • A.W. Mellon Sawyer Seminar Pre-Doctoral Fellowship, Carnegie Mellon University. January 2015 – May 2015.
  • Fulbright English Teaching Assistant Scholarship, Ulyanovsk, Russia. September 2011 – June 2012.
  • Fulbright Critical Language Enhancement Award, Russian. September 2011 – April 2012.
  • United States Department of State Critical Language Scholarship, Russian, Declined in favor of Fulbright Scholarship. March 2011.

Publications

  • “Applying Digital Methods to Forced Labor History: German POWs During and After the Second World War.” In Rethinking the Gulag, edited by Alan Barenberg and Emily Johnson. Bloomington: Indiana University Press. Forthcoming.
  • “Getting Started with GIS Mapping.” On the Carnegie Mellon University dSHARP Digital Humanities Website (April 1, 2019).
  • “The Prozhito Web Archive of Diaries: A Resource for Digital Humanists.” With Misha Mel’nichenko and Svetlana Rasmussen. In NewsNet: News of the Association for Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies 59, no. 2 (March 2019): 14-16.
  • “Leave the Center, Explore the Periphery.” In Peripheral Histories? (March 7, 2019).
  • Beyond the Archive: What GIS Mapping Reveals about German POWs in Soviet Russia.” In AHA Perspectives (February 2019).
  • Память о Немецких Военнопленных в СССР и в России (Memory of German Prisoners of War in the Soviet Union and Russia).” In Magistra Vitae: Electronic Journal of Historical Sciences and Archeology No. 2 (2018).
  • “America’s Reaction to the Strana Sovietov’s Flight from Moscow to New York.” In The Creation and Growth of Civil Aviation in Russia (1910 – the 1940s), edited by Vladimir A. Gurkin, 160-165. Ulyanovsk: Ulyanovsk State Technical University, 2014.
  • “Teaching American English in Russia.” In Modern Technologies of Teaching Foreign Languages, edited by Nasima Saetovna Scharafutdinova et al., 31-33. Ulyanovsk: Ulyanovsk State Technical University, 2012.
  • “The Fulbright Program and Cross-Cultural Communication.” In Current Problems of Theoretical and Applied Linguistics: A Collection of Scientific Works by Students, Graduate Students, and Young Scientists, edited by Ekaterina Petrovna Sosnina and Mikhail Pavlovich Volkov, 33-38. Ulyanovsk: Ulyanovsk State Technical University, 2011.

Digital Projects

Invited Lectures

  • “Digital Humanities and Digital Public History,” October 29, 2019 Guest Lecture at the Higher School of Economics, Moscow, Russia.
  • “The World Historical Gazetteer: Digital Public and World History,” October 28, 2019 Guest Lecture at the Higher School of Economics, St. Petersburg, Russia.
  • “Doing Historical Digital Mapping: The Soviet Union’s POW Archipelago,” March 28, 2019 hosted by the Department of History and Digital Scholarship Services of Skillman Library at Lafayette College, Easton, PA.
  • “Not One Step Back: Nazis, Gulags, and Grad School,” March 27, 2019 Phi Alpha Theta Keynote Address hosted by the Department of History at Lafayette College, Easton, PA.
  • “The American Educational System.” October 19, 2016 Guest lecture at the Russian-American Academic Center of the Russian State University for the Humanities, Moscow, Russia.
  • “America: Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow.” September 14, 2016 at the 5th Ulyanovsk Youth Innovation Forum of the Ulyanovsk State Technical University, Russia.

Conference Presentations

  • “Who Let the War Dogs Out: Repatriating German Prisoners of War from the Soviet Union, 1945-1956,” November 24, 2019, at the Association for Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies (ASEEES) Conference, San Francisco, California.
    Panel Chair and Organizer for “Digital Humanities Pedagogy: How to Incorporate DH Tools and Resources in the Classroom,” November 23, 2019, at the Association for Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies (ASEEES) Conference, San Francisco, California.
  • “Digital Methods for Soviet-German History: The Case of German Prisoners of War in the Soviet Union, 1941-1956,” November 7, 2019 at the “New Approaches in Central and East European History. The Digital and Spatial Turn,” Conference, Lüneburg, Germany.
  • “Digital Humanities, GIS, and New Understandings of Soviet History,” October 2019, at the “Technology, Culture, and Society in the Eurasian Space Conference,” Aleksanteri Institute, University of Helsinki, Finland.
  • “From Motherland to Fatherland: The Repatriation of German Prisoners of War from the Soviet Union, 1945-1956,” April 6, 2019 at the Midwest Slavic Conference, The Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio.
  • “Here, There, and Everywhere: German POW Camps in the USSR, 1941-1956,” December 6-9, 2018 at the Association for Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies (ASEEES) Conference, Boston, Massachusetts.
  • “When to Use GIS Mapping for Historical Research,” December 6-9, 2018 at the Association for Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies (ASEEES) Conference, Boston, Massachusetts.
  • Panel Chair for “Emerging Methods in Spatial History,” November 8-12, 2018 at the Social Science History Association Annual Meeting, Phoenix, Arizona.
  • “Historical GIS and the Case of German POWs in the USSR, 1941-1956,” November 8-12, 2018 at the Social Science History Association Annual Meeting, Phoenix, Arizona.
  • “The Geography of German Prisoner of War Camps in the Soviet Union: Industry, Infrastructure, and the Environment,” October 10, 2018 at the Carnegie Mellon University Environmental Humanities Research Seminar, Pittsburgh, PA.
  • Panel Chair for “Values After the Boom: International Youth Cultures in Late Divided Germany,” September 27-30, 2018 at the German Studies Association Conference, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
  • “Where in the USSR Were the German POWs, 1941-1956: A Historical GIS Analysis,” September 27-30, 2018 at the German Studies Association Conference, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
  • “From ‘War Dogs’ to Mourned Men: Commemoration of German Prisoners of War in the Soviet Union and Russia.” March 25, 2018 at the Midwest Slavic Conference, Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio.
  • “German POWs in the USSR, 1941-1956: A GIS Analysis.” January 26, 2018 at the Socialist Studies Seminar hosted by the Carnegie Mellon University Department of History, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
  • “Tracing German Prisoners of War in the Soviet Union, 1941-1956.” November 10, 2017 at the Association for Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies (ASEEES) Conference in Chicago, Illinois.
  • “Память о немецких военнопленных в СССР и России.” (“Memory of German Prisoners of War in the USSR and Russia.”) September 26, 2017 at the conference “Russia in the World. Western Russian Studies: Modern Tendencies,” hosted by the Institute of General History of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow, Russia. Presentation given in Russian.
  • “Assessing the Economic Contribution of German Prisoners of War in the Soviet Union, 1941-1956.” January 5, 2017 at the International and Business Conference (IBEC) at Austral University of Chile at Puerto Montt, Puerto Montt, Chile. Awarded Best Paper Prize at conference.
  • “German POWs in the Soviet Gulag: Mapping Their Experiences, 1941-1956.” June 22, 2016 at the Keystone Digital Humanities Conference, Pittsburgh, PA.
  • “Mapping German POWs in the Soviet Gulag, 1945-1956.” June 14, 2016 at the Digital Humanities Summer Institute Colloquium at the University of Victoria, Victoria, Canada.
  • “German Prisoners of War in the Gulag, 1943-1956.” March 28, 2015 at Carnegie Mellon Department of History Graduate Forum, Pittsburgh, PA. Presentation of Research Seminar work.
  • “The Rocky Road to Modernity: Global Technology Trade and the Soviet Automotive Industry.” April 1, 2011 at the 25th National Conferences on Undergraduate Research held at Ithaca College, Ithaca, NY. Presentation of Honors Thesis.
  • “57 Soccer Balls in the Trunk: The Development of East and West-German Automotive Industries.” March 26, 2011 at the Undergraduate Research Conference in German Studies held at Moravian College, Bethlehem, PA. Ehrenpreis (Honorary Award) given for paper presentation.

Workshops

  • “Introduction to ArcGIS Analysis.” Co-organizer and session leader at Hillman Library, University of Pittsburgh, February 21, 2020.
  • “Introduction to ArcGIS.” Co-organizer and session leader at Hillman Library, University of Pittsburgh, February 7, 2020.
  • “ArcGIS Online and ESRI Story Maps.” Co-organizer and session leader at Hillman Library, University of Pittsburgh, January 15, 2020.
  • “Mapping and GIS.” March 3, 2018. Co-organizer and session leader at THATCamp Pittsburgh 2018, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA.
  • “Hoover Library and Archives Workshop on Authoritarian Regimes.” July 17-29, 2016. Participant in summer research workshop at Hoover Institution Library & Archives, Stanford, CA.
  • “XML Applications and Databases for Historical and Literary Research.” June 13 – 17, 2016. Participant in workshop at the Digital Humanities Summer Institute at the University of Victoria, Victoria, Canada.
  • “Images and Texts in Medical History.” April 11-13, 2016. Participant in workshop in Methods, Tools, and Data from the Digital Humanities. The National Library of Medicine, Bethesda, Maryland.
  • “Technology Enhanced Learning Summer School.” May 26-29, 2015. Participant in A.W. Mellon Foundation funded workshop in Technology Enhanced Learning hosted by the Eberly Center of Teaching Excellence & Educational Innovation of Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA.
  • “Digital Humanities Literacy Workshop.” May 18-22, 2015. Participant in A.W. Mellon Foundation funded workshop in Digital Humanities at Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA.

Research Experience

  • Russia: The State Archive of the Russian Federation (GARF), the Russian State Economic Archive (RGAE), the Russian State Military Archive (RGVA), the Archive of Foreign Policy of the Russian Federation (AVP RF), the Russian State Archive of Socio-Political History (RGASPI), the Russian State Archive of Literature and Art (RGALI), the State Archive of Contemporary History of the Ulyanovsk Region (GANI UO), Research Institute of History and Culture of the Ulyanovsk Region in the name of N.M. Karamzin, and the Memorial Museum of German Anti-Fascists Archive.
  • Germany: The Federal Military Archive (BA-M), the Federal Archive – Foundation Parties and Mass Organizations of the GDR (BA-SAPMO), the Political Archive of the Federal Foreign Office (PA AA), the Archive of the German Caritas Association (ADCV), the Evangelical Central Archives in Berlin (EZA), and the German Red Cross Archive (DRK).
  • United States: The National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) and the Hoover Institution Library and Archives.

Academic Societies

  • Association of Slavic, East European, & Eurasian Studies, member since Fall 2015.
  • SlavicDH – Board member of SlavicDH since November 2017.
  • Dobro Slovo, National Slavic Honor Society, inducted April 2011.
  • Delta Phi Alpha, National German Honor Society, inducted March 2011.
  • Phi Beta Kappa, inducted May 2010.

Language Certifications

  • Test of Russian as a Foreign Language (ТРКИ) Level II (Advanced).
  • ALTA Level 9 Russian (Advanced).