about me

Hi! I’m a doctoral candidate in Cultural Anthropology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. My interests include politics and social movements, feminist and queer anthropology, post-socialism, and theories of power and the state. My current research investigates conflicts around discourses feminism, LGBT rights, and ‘traditional family values’ among political activists in Moscow. This project is based on twelve months of fieldwork research conducted from winter 2012 to spring 2013, an unexpectedly lively period for both street activism and state repression in Russia. You can find out more about my research here.

I earned my B.A. in Anthropology from DePauw University (summa cum laude, minor in Russian language) and my M.A. in Anthropology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison (Ph.D. minor in Russia, East European and Central Asian Studies).

I occasionally blog here about current events related to my research and I tweet from time to time here.