Ph.D Philosophy, The Pennsylvania State University, 1999 M.S. History of Mathematics, Moscow State University, Moscow, Russia, 1991 B.S. Mathematics, Moscow State University, Moscow, Russia, 1991
Associate Professor, Philosophy Department, Suffolk University, 2009-present Assistant Professor, Philosophy Department, Suffolk University, 2005-2009 Research Associate, Penn State Rock Ethics Institute, 2002-2005 Lecturer, Department of Philosophy, The Pennsylvania State University, 2002-2005 Managing co-Editor, Hypatia, Journal of Feminist Philosophy, 2002-2003 Post-Doctoral Scholar & Instructor, Department of Philosophy,PSU, 1999-2002
HONORS, AWARDS, and GRANTS
CAS Dean's Award for Excellence in Teaching, 2016 TEALIG Game Development Grant, Spring 2016 TEALIG Travel Grant, Spring 2015 Faculty and Professional Learning Communities Grant, Suffolk University, 2014-2015 Teaching and Learning Innovation Grant (TEALIG), Suffolk University, 2014 The National Endowment for the Humanities “Enduring Questions” Grant, 2013-2015 Summer Stipend Faculty Research Awards, CAS, Suffolk University, 2006, 2011, 2016. Philosophy Department Teaching Awards; PSU, Fall 1999 and Spring 2000. Charlotte W. Newcombe Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship; The Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation 1998-1999.
CREATIVE PROJECTS & PROFESSIONAL SERVICE
“Meaning of Life” interactive educational platform Funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities and featured in the media: “Why All College Students Should be Asking the Big Questions,” Huffington Post, 2015. “Keeping Alive the Big Questions,” Huffington Post, 2013. Vixi: A Master’s Way (with Dmitry Zinoviev, Math & CS) a computer game developed as a learning aid for students. Grant Evaluation: The Austrian Science Fund, The National Endowment for the Humanities, and others. Editorial Board Member, Dostoevsky Studies (from 2012) Research Associate, Rock Ethics Institute, Penn State University, 2002-2005 Managing co-editor, Hypatia, Journal for Feminist Philosophy, 2002-2003
SELECTED CONFERENCE PRESENTATIONS
“Whose Unconscious is it? Dreamlike Experiences and Existential Responsibility in the Brothers Karamazov.” Accepted for presentation at the panel "Consciousness and Selfhood in Dostoevsky" at ASEEES 2016, Washington DC. “Inwardness on Trial: Subjective Truth in Dostoevsky and Kierkegaard,” XVI International Dostoevsky Symposium, University of Granada, Spain, June 2016. “The Inner Truth of an Ardent Heart: Dostoevsky and Kierkegaard on Subjective Truth and Passionate Inwardness,” presentation at the panel "Dostoevsky and Philosophy: The Nature of Intersubjective Evidence," 47th Annual Convention of the Association for Slavic, East-European, and Eurasian Studies (ASEEES), Philadelphia, November, 2015. Discussant: "Dostoevsky’s Provocations: Art, Authenticity, and Authority in Demons and A Writer’s Diary" panel of the ASEEES 47th Convention Philadelphia, November 2015. “Open Dynamic Educational Project (ODEP): Teaching Strategies for the ‘Big Questions’ Philosophy Courses” 10th Annual International Conference on Philosophy, Athens Institute for Education and Research (ATINER), Athens, Greece, May 2015. Published, ATINER’s Conference Paper Series, No:PHI2015-1630. “Open Dynamic Educational Project (ODEP): An Interactive Multimedia Model for Teaching and Learning in the Humanities,” Keynote Address, Student-Faculty Symposium, The American College of Greece (DEREE), Athens, Greece, May 2015. “Humanities Without Borders: Interactive Multimedia Educational Model in a ‘Big Questions’ Course,” the 11th International Conference for Excellence in Education, Université Paris Descartes, Paris, France, July 2014. “Sartre on Bad Faith and Existential Responsibility: Theory and Practice,” Society for the Existential and Phenomenological Theory and Culture (EPTC), Brock University in St. Catharines, Canada, May 27-30, 2014. “The Dawn of Existential Psychoanalysis: Dostoevsky and Sartre on Self-Deception and Authenticity,” Italian Institute of Philosophical Studies, 14th International Dostoevsky Symposium, Naples, Italy, June 13-20, 2010. “Dostoevsky and Continental Philosophy” (in Russian), the international conference "Dostoevsky in the Dialogue of Cultures", Kolomna-Moscow, Russia, August 2009. “Tragic Hymn to Life: Dostoevsky’s Lebensphilosophie,” Art, Creativity, and Spirituality in Dostoevsky’s Brothers Karamazov, College of the Holy Cross, Worcester, MA, April 10-12, 2008. “The Human and the Demonic in Dostoevsky’s Brothers Karamazov,” The Association for Core Texts and Courses Annual Conference, Plymouth, MA, April 3-6, 2008. “Rationality and Fiction: Kant, Vaihinger, and the Promise of ‘Philosophy of As If’ ” Northwest Philosophy Conference, University of Portland, Portland, Oregon, November 4-5, 2006. “Virtues of the Heart: Feodor Dostoevsky and the Ethic of Love,” International Society of Phenomenology and Literature, Harvard Divinity School, May 24-25, 2006. “The Heart’s Work: Duty to Love in Kierkegaard and Dostoevsky,” "Works of Love" international symposium, Villanova University, May 2003. “Man is by Nature Evil,” Global Interdisciplinary Conference on Evil and Human Wickedness, Prague, Czech Republic, March 21-26, 2003. “Philosophy as Sideshadowing: The Philosophical, the Literary, and the Fantastic,” Philosophy As… International Conference, University of London, London, UK, November 27-30, 2002. “On the Boundary of Intelligibility: Kant’s Conception of Radical Evil and the Limits of Ethical Discourse,” Society for Phenomenology and Existential Philosophy (SPEP), The Pennsylvania State University, October 5-7, 2000. “The Art of Being Alive: Lebensphilosophie and the Russian Novel,” International Association for Philosophy and Literature, (read by Edith Clowes) University of New York at Stony Brook, May 2000. “Kant on Free Will and Arbitrariness. A View From Dostoevsky’s Underground,” Society for Phenomenology and Existential Philosophy, Oregon State University, October 7-9, 1999. “Dostoevsky’s “Deontology of the Heart”: A New Perspective on the Unconditional Ethics,” The 10th International Dostoevsky Symposium, Columbia University, July-August 1998.
Associate Professor, Assistant Professor, Suffolk University
Philosophy of Art; Existentialism; Philosophy in Literature, honors; Ethics; Critical Thinking and Argument; Philosophy of Freedom; History of Modern Philosophy; Profiles in Philosophy: Kant; Seminar for Freshmen: Philosophy of Art and Beauty; Introduction to Philosophy; Dostoevsky and Russian Philosophy; Senior Symposium; Seminar for Freshmen: Meaning of Life.
Instructor, Penn State University
Philosophy of Literature; World Philosophies and Cultures (graduate level); 20th century Philosophy; The Problem of Evil (Honors); Reason, Feelings, and Imagination (Honors); Theories of Knowledge; Ethics/ Moral Value; Aesthetics; Absolutism, Relativism and Moral Reasoning; Philosophy and Literature in Western Culture; Symbolic Logic; Introduction to Philosophy of Literature; Basic Problems of Philosophy; Critical Thinking and Argument.
The Austrian Science Fund, grant proposal evaluator The National Endowment for the Humanities, grant proposals evaluator Editorial Board member, Dostoevsky Studies, Verlag, Germany Peer-reviewer for Inquiry: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Philosophy, UK; Oxford University Press; University of Chicago Press; Wadsworth, Cengage Learning; and others.
College of Arts and Sciences, Suffolk University
Promotion and Tenure Committee (2013-14) Committee for Teaching and Scholarly Development (2014, 2015) Educational Policy Committee (2006-2008) Environmental Studies Program Committee (2005-2012) Study Abroad Committee (from 2007) Advising Committee (Spring 2007) Undergraduate Curriculum Committee (2009-2012)
Faculty Advisor, Suffolk Philosophy Society, (2006-2012, 2016-) Data analysis, Program Review, 2015 Syllabus Review & Report, 2015 Search/ Hiring Committees, Philosophy Department (2005-6; 2006-7; 2008-9; 2010-11) Philosophy Colloquium organizer (from 2013) Critical Thinking Across the Curriculum Working Group (from 2013) Website, manager and editor (2005-2011) Annual Senior Symposium Supervisor and Organizer, 2008-9, 2009-10, 20010-11 Social Events Committee (from Fall 2005) including Pearl Lecture Series (Fall 06-Sp 2009) Department Curricular Planning, Major requirements changes, course descriptions, etc (since Fall 2005) Catalog Production Committee, Web and Print (2009, 2010) Assessment activities (from 2009)