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 Professor of Politics at Ithaca College, NY. She is primarily interested in Islam/ Muslims, and in particular, in Qur'anic hermeneutics, a topic on which she has written widely. A revised edition of her book, Believing Women in Islam: Unreading Patriarchal Interpretations of the Qur'an was released this year (UTexas Press, 2019).  Most recently, she has published in the Journal of Feminist Studies in Religion, the Oxford Handbook of Theology, Sexuality, and Gender, and Patriarchal Moments (Bloomsbury). She holds a PhD in International Studies from the University of Denver (USA).

John E. Drury

is Visiting Researcher in the Dept of English Literature and Linguistics at Qatar University. His work seeks to integrate linguistics and cognitive neuroscience, with a specific focus on the use of EEG/ERPs.  Current projects include: (i) examining logical semantic dimensions of processing of phenomena like polarity sensitivity, negation, (in)definiteness, and quantification, and (ii) cross-domain studies probing the relationship between language and music, math, and visual narrative. He holds a PhD in Linguistics from the University of Maryland.

Masha Godovannaya

is a visual artist, feminist social researcher, curator, and educator, born in Moscow.
      Masha's artistic practice draws on a combination of moving image theory, sociology, queer theory, feminist studies, and contemporary art.  She holds an MFA  in Film/Video from Milton Avery Graduate School of the Arts, Bard College, and an MA in Sociology from European University in St. Petersburg.  Currently, she is a PhD candidate at the Academy of Fine Arts, Vienna.
     Masha’s films have been shown at many festivals and art venues (Rotterdam Film Fest, Tate Modern, Oberhausen Intl Film Festival, London Film Fest, Manifesta-10, 7th Liverpool Biennial, Ctr Georges Pompidou, etc.)


John Halle

is Director of Studies in Music Theory and Practice at the Bard College Comnservatory of Muisc.  Active as both a composer and theorist, recent compositions have been performed by the Meridian Arts Ensemble, the Cygnus Ensemble, the Bang on a Can All-Stars, the Locrian Ensemble, Fulcrum Point, flutists Ransom Wilson and Tara Helen O'Connor, and the Now Ensemble, among others.  He is a founding member of Common Sense, a composers' collective which will release its third CD on the Albany label. Halle's scholarship focuses on connections between the mental representation of language and music.


Eugene Hammond

is Associate Professor of Writing at Stony Brook University, having taught from 1977 to 2000 at the University of Maryland.  He is the author of Thoughtful Writing, Teaching Writing,Travels Through the English Sentence, and a two-volume biography of Jonathan Swift, Jonathan Swift: Irish Blow-in, and Jonathan Swift: Our Dean. He has taught classes in South Korea, workshops for teachers in China, Nepal, and Djibouti, and classes on the Semester at Sea program that circumnavigates the globe.

Tania Ionin

is Associate Professor of Linguistics at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Her research interests include second language acquisition, experimental semantics, and the syntax/semantics interface. She is particularly interested in the semantics and syntax of the nominal domain, and uses experimental methods to investigate (in)definiteness and quantifier scope in both native and non-native grammars. She has recently published, with Ora Matushansky, “Cardinals: The Syntax and Semantics of Cardinal-Containing Expressions” (MIT Press, 2018). She holds a PhD in Cognitive Science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

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.

Gary Marker

is Professor of History at Stony Brook University. His interests include Russian History (seventeenth century to the present), cultural history, history of printing and reading. He is the author of Days of A Russian Noblewoman: The Memories of Anna Labzina (2001) and numerous edited volumes and scholarly articles. He holds a PhD History from the University of California at Berkeley.


Ora Matushansky

is a Research Director (Directeure de Recherche) in Linguistics at SFL (CNRS/Université Paris-8/SFL) and at Uil OTS/Utrecht University. Her research interests include syntax, semantics and their interface, as well as Russian morpho-phonology. She is particularly interested in proper names, cardinals, measures and scalarity, case (syntactic and morphological), locatives and loci, non-verbal predication and possession. She has recently published, with Tania Ionin, Cardinals: The Syntax and Semantics of Cardinal-Containing Expressions (MIT Press, 2018). She holds two PhDs in Linguistics, from Université Paris 8 and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Website

Ulises Mejias

is Assoc Professor in the Communication Studies Dept and Director of the Institute for Global Engagement at SUNY Oswego. His research involves critical internet studies, network theory and science, philosophy and sociology of technology, and political economy of digital media. His first book, Off the Network: Disrupting the Digital World was published in 2013. His 2nd book, (w/ Nick Couldry, London School of Economics), The Costs of Connection: How Data is Colonizing Human Life and Appropriating it for Capitalism, (Stanford UP) comes out in Aug 2019 (  He holds an Ed.D. from Teachers College, Columbia.


Yola Monakhov Stockton

directs the photography program at SUNY Buffalo State, where she is Assistant Professor.  She has worked as a photojournalist throughout the Middle East, Central Asia, and former Soviet Union, and her work has appeared in Harper’s, The New York Times, and The New Yorker. Her monograph, The Nature of Imitation, was published by Schilt (Amsterdam). She received an M.A. in Italian Literature and M.F.A. in Visual Arts from Columbia University, and served as Harnish Visiting Artist at Smith College.

Asya Pereltsvaig

teaches linguistics at Santa Clara University. Her research interests are theoretical syntax, cross-linguistic typology, Slavic linguistics, and historical linguistics. Her recent books include: The Indo-European Controversy: Facts and Fallacies in Historical Linguistics (2015, with Martin Lewis) and Languages of the World: An Introduction (Second Edition, 2017). Her work has also appeared in Science, Natural Language and Linguistic Theory, Language and Linguistics Compass, and elsewhere. She has taught at Yale, Cornell, and Stanford. He holds a PhD in Linguistics from McGill University. Website

Asia Pietraszko

is Assistant Professor of Linguistics at the University of Rochester. She works in syntax and morphology, with main focus on verbal morphosyntax in Bantu languages. She is interested in clausal architecture and phenomena underlying structure building, such as selection, displacement and agreement, and more specifically in verbal periphrasis and inflectional dependencies in multi-verb constructions. He other interests include nominalization, left-periphery phenomena, relativization and syntax-phonology interface. She received her PhD from the University of Chicago Linguistics Department. 

Omer Preminger

is an Associate Professor in the Department of Linguistics at the University of Maryland and a Research Assistant Professor at the Maryland Language Science Center. He is also Associate Director of the UMD-LSC Guatemala Field Station. His primary interests are in syntax and morphosyntax, and, more generally, any aspects of language that cannot be reduced to sound and meaning alone. The languages he has worked on most are Kaqchikel (Mayan) and Basque. His recent publications include Agreement and its failures (MIT Press, 2014). He holds a PhD in Linguistics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.


Martin Rohrmeier

studied musicology, philosophy, and mathematics at the University of Bonn. He has worked as a researcher at Microsoft, FU Berlin and MIT. In Oct 2014 he joined TU Dresden as Open-Topic-professor for music cognition. Since 2017 he has been Professor for Digital Musicology at the École Féderale Polytechnique de Lausanne, where he directs the Digital and Cognitive Musicology Lab. His main research interests are digital and cognitive musicology, corpus analysis, music theory and analysis, as well as philosophy of language and music. He holds a PhD in musicology from Cambridge Univ. (UK).


Clemens Steiner-Mayr

currently holds a position in formal semantics/pragmatics at the University of Göttingen. He has published, among other topics, on focus, implicatures, questions, intervention effects and presuppositions. His main research question is how interpretative considerations constrain grammar. He received his PhD in Linguistics from Harvard University in 2010.

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.


Bekeh Ukelina

is an Assistant Professor of History at the State University of New York, Cortland. His research examines the ideologies and practices of development in Africa, South of the Sahara. He focuses primarily on understanding the interlocking layers of exploitation rooted in the colonial and new imperialist global systems. His recent book, The Second Colonial Occupation: Development Planning, Agriculture, and the Legacies of British Rule in Nigeria won the 2018 NYASA Book Award. Bekeh teaches courses in Global History, Development History, African history, Slavery, and Digital History. He is currently working on a book, The Miseducation of the African Child: Colonialism and the Legacies of Neoliberal Economics in Nigeria. He holds a PhD in History from West Virginia University.

Katharina Wiedlack

is Humboldt Research Fellow at the Department of English and American Studies, Humboldt University, Berlin. Transnational American Studies and Gender Studies, with a focus on sexuality, race and ethnicity, migration; Postcolonial Studies, Disability Studies and the Studies of post-Soviet contexts.  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.