John Frederick Bailyn

is Professor of Linguistics at Stony Brook University. His interests include syntactic theory, cognitive science, Slavic linguistics, Russian syntax and musical cognition. He is the author of The Syntax of Russian (2012) and numerous articles on theoretical syntax and the Slavic languages.  He is the co-founder and co-director of NYI, as well as the Director of the Stae University of New York's Russia Programs Network. He holds a PhD in Linguistics from Cornell University.


Asma Barlas

is director of the Center for the Study of Culture, Race, and Ethnicity and a professor in the Department of Politics at Ithaca College. Most of her research centers on the ideologies, epistemologies, and practices of violence. She is the author of Re-Understanding Islam: A Double Critique (Spinoza Lectures; Amsterdam: Van Gorcum, 2008) and "Believing Women" in Islam: Unreading Patriarchal Interpretations of the Qur’an (Austin, TX: University of Texas Press, 2002) among many other works. She holds a PhD in International Studies from the University of Denver.


Jonathan David Bobaljik

is Professor and Head of the Linguistics department at the University of Connecticut. His theoretical interests include Morphology and Syntax. In addition, he has been involved in the documentation of endangeered languages, including field work with the Itelmen community on the Kamchatka Peninsula since 1993. His recent publications include Universals in Comparative Morphology: Suppletion, Superlatives, and the Structure of Words (MIT Press, 2012). He holds a PhD in Linguistics from the Massachusettes Institute of Technology.


Miloje Despić

is Assistant Professor of Linguistics at Cornell University. His research interests include Syntax. Morphology, Semantics, Interfaces, Sociolinguistics, and Language and Gender. He has publishded in Linguistic Inquiry, Syntax and oher prominent venues. He holds a PhD in Linguistics from the University of Connecticut.


Mary (Polly) Gannon

is Director of Cultural Studies at NYI. Her interests include translation theory, comparative literature and poetry, women's literature, and film studies. She teaches courses in Cultural Studies and Translation and specializes in literary translation.  Her translation of Podstrochnik (Word for Word) by Lilianna Lungina, with Oleg Dorman, is forthcoming from Overlook Publishers.  She holds a Ph.D. in Russian Literature from Cornell University.


Sabine Iatridou

is Professor of Linguistics in the Department of Linguistics and Philosophy at MIT, where she also received her PhD in 1991. Her research areas are syntax and semantics. Some recent publications include "The Grammatical Ingredients of Counterfactuality" in Linguistic Inquiry (2000),"Some Observations about the Form and Meaning of the Perfect" in Ken Hale: A Life in Language (2002), "Epistemic Containment" in Linguistic Inquiry (with Kai von Fintel) (2003), "Anatomy of a Modal Construction" in Linguistic Inquiry (with Kai von Fintel) (2007), and "Negative DPs, A-Movement, and Scope Diminishment" in Linguistic Inquiry (with Ivy Sichel) (2011).


Dijana Jelaca

specializes in critical cultural studies, cinema studies, critical ethnic studies and transnational feminist theories. Jelača's research interests center on the questions of how cultural production constitutes, limits and frames the uses of collective trauma in the aftermath of catastrophe, particularly wars. She is the author of Dislocated Screen Memory: Narrating Trauma in Post-Yugoslav Cinema (2015: Palgrave) and her work has also appeared in Camera Obscura, Communication Studies, Cultural Studies/Critical Methodologies, and elsewhere. She holds a PhD in Communication from the University of Massachusetts.

Nikolay Karkov

is an Assistant Professor in Philosophy at SUNY Cortland. His research interests include modern and contemporary European philosophy, decolonial and intercultural theory, autonomist Marxism, and Afro-diasporic political thought. He has published texts on Caribbean and Eastern European humanism, recent French theory, and decolonial feminism. He is also a member of New Left Perspectives in Bulgaria, Eastern Europe.  he holds a PhD in philosophy from Binghamton University.

Konstantine Klioutchkine

is Associate Professor of German and Russian at Pomona College. He works in the fields of media studies and cultural history. He has published on Dostoevsky, Nekrasov and Rozanov, on the history of the press and the culture of print, as well as on television series and cartoons. He holds a Ph.D in Literature from the University of California, Berkeley

Barbara LeSavoy

is Director and faculty of Women and Gender Studies at The College at Brockport (SUNY). She teaches courses in feminist theory; sex and gender representations across cultures; race, class, and gender identity; and a capstone senior seminar in women and gender. Her research areas include women’s global human rights, gender and popular culture, intersectionality and educational equity, and women’s stories as feminist standpoint. LeSavoy chairs the Rochester/Novgorod sister city Linkages Women's Partnership Committee. She holds a PhD in Higher Education with a focus on Women in Education from the University at Buffalo.


Derek C. Maus

teaches contemporary literature at the State University of New York at Potsdam, a small town between the Saint Lawrence River and the Adirondack Mountains in extreme northern New York. He is an Associate Professor, and has published several scholarly books on satire in contemporary literature, including one on the role of subversive satire in Russian and American literature during the Cold War. When he is not working in Potsdam, he lives with his wife, two dogs and two cats in Montréal, Canada, because the food and the hockey is better there.  He holds a PhD in English from the University of North Carolina.


Ulises Mejias

is Associate Professor of New Media in the Communication Studies Department at SUNY Oswego. Originally from Mexico City, Dr. Mejias' research focuses on critical internet studies, network theory and science, philosophy and sociology of technology, alternate reality games, and the political economy of digital media. He is the author of Off the Network: Disrupting the Digital World (in press, University of Minnesota), and various scholarly articles. He holds an Ed.D. from Teachers College, Columbia University.


Donna Jo Napoli

is professor of Linguistics at Swarthmore College. As a linguist, she is active on three prongs. Her theory research examines every component of the grammars of sign languages. Her "give-back-to-the-community" work involves participation in producing bilingual-bimodal ebooks to promote preliteracy skills in deaf children. Her activism work involves protecting the language rights of deaf children by writing articles with a team addressing the responsibilities of medical professionals. Beyond this, she writes books for children, from preschool through high school. She holds a PhD in Romance Languages from Harvard.


Roumyana Pancheva

is Associate Professor of Linguistics and Slavic Languages and Literatures at the University of Southern California. Her research interests are in comparative syntax, in both a synchronic and historical perspective, and on the interface between syntax and semantics. It employs formal modeling, cross-linguistic comparison from a synchronic and diachronic perspective, and neurolinguistic experimentation. She holds a Ph.D. in Linguistics from the University of Pennsylvania.


Tanja Petrović

is Head of the Institute of Cultural and Memory Studies and Senior Research Fellow at the Scientific Research Centre of the Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts, Ljubljana, Slovenia. She is interested in uses and meanings of socialist and Yugoslav heritage and cultural identity in post-Yugoslav societies. She deals with the problematic of language in forming ideologies, memory and identity. She is the author of A Long Way Home: Representation of the Western Balkans in Political and Media Discourses (Ljubljana:Peace Institute, 2009) and various other books.  She holds a PhD in Anthropology from the Ljubljana Postgraduate School of Humanities.


Maria Polinsky

is Professor of Linguistics at the University of Maryland. Her research focuses on the intersection of theoretical syntax and the study of cross-linguistic variation in sentence structure. Language-wise, she specializes in Austronesian and languages of the Caucasus. These days she divides her time between theoretical and experimental work on long-distance dependencies, ergativity, and subject island effects. She has also studied language universals and their explanation, the expression of information structure in natural language and incomplete acquisition (heritage language).


Irina Sekerina

is Professor of Psychology at the College of Staten Island and the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. Her area of expertise is experimental psycholinguistics, and the method is the Visual World eye-tracking Paradigm.  Irina Sekerina’s research has appeared in Cognition, Bilingualism: Language and Cognition, and other psychology journals. She has extensive experience in teaching both undergraduate and graduate courses in psychology and linguistics in the U.S., Europe, China and Singapore.  She holds a PhD in Linguistics from CUNY.


Sergei Tatevosov

is Associate Professor of Linguistics at the Department of Theoretical and Applied Linguistics at Moscow State University. Author of numerous book and articles, Prof. Tatevosov specializes in Pragmatics, Semantics, Syntax and the Syntax-Semantics Interface. He holds a PhD in Linguistics from Moscow State University.


Marc van Oostendorp

is a linguist working at the Meertens Instituut of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences and at Leiden University.   His research interests are Phonological Thoery, Esperanto,  He is the author of Phonological Projection. A Theory of Feature Content and Prosodic Structure Berlin, Mouton De Gruyter (2000) and many other works.  He has held visiting lectureships at universities in Essex; Toronto; Amherst, Massachusetts; Tromsø, Trondheim, Verona and Barcelona.  He holds a PhD in Linguistics from Tilburg University.


Mitja Velikonja

is Professor for Cultural Studies, head of the Center for Cultural and Religious Studies and coordinator of the Balkan Studies Doctoral Program at the University of Ljubljana. His main research interests include Central-European and Balkan political ideologies, subcultures and urban cultures, collective memory and post-socialist nostalgia. His monographs include Rock'n'Retro - New Yugoslavism in Contemporary Slovenian Music (2013), Titostalgia – A Study of Nostalgia for Josip Broz (2008), Eurosis – A Critique of the New Eurocentrism (2005) and Religious Separation and Political Intolerance in Bosnia-Herzegovina (2003). He holds a PhD from the University of Ljubljana.

Katharina Wiedlack

is writer in residence at NYU’s Jordan Center for the Advanced Study of Russia working on the construction of Russia within Western media.  Her research fields are popular culture, post-socialist, decolonial, queer and feminist theory, and disability studies.  She has published on US-American and Russian music cultures and productions, gender issues and disability in a global context.  She holds a PhD in English and American Studies from the University of Vienna.

Susi Wurmbrand

is Professor of Linguistics at the University of Connecticut.  Her research specialty is theoretical syntax and the syntax-semantics interface. Current research topics include quantifier scope, the nature of syntactic computations and dependencies (Merge, Agree, locality), as well as a large-scale cross-linguistic study of infinitives, restructuring, and backward control and raising (covering several Germanic, Romance, Slavic, Austronesian, East-Asian languages, Greek, Itelmen, and Arabic). She holds a PhD in Linguistics from MIT