John Frederick Bailyn John Frederick Bailyn

is Professor of Linguistics at Stony Brook University. His interests include syntactic theory, cognitive science, Slavic linguistics, Russian syntax, musical cognition, language pedagogy and evolutionary psychology. 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 Stony Brook University's Study Abroad and Exchange programs in St. Petersburg and the SUNy Russia Programs Network. He holds a PhD in Linguistics from Cornell University.

Asma 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. Website
Jonathan David 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. Website
Heather D. Heather D. DeHaan

is currently the Director of Russian and East European Studies as well as Associate Professor of History at Binghamton University. She has recently published a monograph about the politics of urban planning in Stalin’s Russia and is now conducting a study of neighborhood life in Baku, Azerbaijan, in the Soviet period. Her teaching interests encompass Russia, Soviet, and East European history, as well as the history of the city.  She holds a PhD n History from the Universty of Toronto.

Mary (Polly) 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 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), "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 Dijana Jelaca
teaches at St. John's University. Her areas of specialization include 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. Her work has appeared in Camera Obscura, Communication Studies, Cultural Studies/Critical Methodologies, and elsewhere. She holds a PhD in Communication from the University of Massachusetts.

Laura Laura Kalin
s a postdoctoral fellow in the linguistics department at the University of Connecticut. Her theoretical interests lie in syntax and morphology, with a special affinity for agreement, aspect, alignment splits, and Differential Object Marking. Her current work focuses on Neo-Aramaic languages, but she has also worked on Hixkaryana (Carib) and Malagasy (Austronesian), and has recently started exploring Indo-Iranian languages. She holds a PhD in linguistics from the University of California, Los Angeles. Website
Konstantine Konstantine Klioutchkine
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
Bradley Bradley Larson

Bradley Larson is a post-doctoral researcher at Harvard University. His research concerns syntactic structure building and its relation to semantics, morphology, and online parsing. In particular he works on coordination, adjunction, ellipsis, and movement. He has published work on Slavic, Austronesian, and Germanic languages. He holds a Ph.D. in Linguistics from the University of Maryland, awarded in 2013. He has published in such journals as Linguistic Inquiry, Lingua, and the Journal of Slavic Linguistics.

Barbara Barbara LeSavoy

is Director of Women and Gender Studies (WMS) at The College at Brockport (SUNY). She is a theorist who teaches Feminist Theory; Global Perspectives on Women and Gender; Gender, Race, and Class; and a Senior Seminar in Women and Gender. Her research areas include women’s global human rights, gender and popular culture, intersectionality and educational equity/success, and women’s stories as feminist standpoint. Dr. LeSavoy chairs Rochester/Novgorod sister city Linkages Women's Partnership and serves as lead faculty for a Collaborative Online International Learning (COIL) project that links students at the College at Brockport in NY and Novgorod State University. She holds a PhD in Women in Education from the University at Buffalo. Website

Danijela Danijela Lugaric

is Chair of the Institute of Literary Studies at Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences in Zagreb. Her interests include cultural studies, Russian postmodernism, popular culture in late Soviet socialism, narrativization of emotions and trauma in post-war and post-socialist cultures, women’s stories from the standpoint of body memory. She studied at the University of Konstanz (2004), University of St. Petersburg (2006), and UCal, Berkeley (2011). She published a book on Russian sung poetry (2011), and articles on contemporary Russian and Croatian poets and prose writers. She holds a PhD from the University of Zagreb.

Evie Evie Malaia
is an assistant professor in the Center for Mind, Brain, and Education at the University of Texas at Arlington. Her work utilizes EEG and fMRI and motion capture techniques to investigate the neural basis for language processing and the effect of linguistic experience on visual processing, memory, and executive control in bilingual readers, sign language users, and children with Autism Spectrum Disorders. She holds a Ph.D. from Purdue University. Website
Derek C. 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 Ulises Mejias
is Associate Professor in the Communication Studies department at the State University of New York at Oswego, where he is also the director of the Institute for Global Engagement. His research interests include critical internet studies, network theory and science, philosophy and sociology of technology, and political economy of digital media. His book, Off the Network: Disrupting the Digital World, was published in 2013. Dr. Mejias has taught in Russia and India, and his work has been translated into Spanish and Polish. He holds a doctoral degree from Columbia University. Website
Donna Jo 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. Website
Rita Rita Nazami

teaches in the Writing & Rhetoric Program at SUNY-Stony Brook where she focuses on global issues, visual rhetoric, the personal essay, and postcolonial Anglophone and Francophone literatures.
     Educated in London, Moscow, Barcelona and Paris, Nezami earned her PhD in literature from the University of Texas at Dallas. Speaking seven languages and translating from four, she has taught languages and international literature for more than 20 years.
     Nezami received her undergraduate and graduate degrees in Russian language and literature from Moscow State University.

Roumyana 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. Website
Philippe Philippe Schlenker

is Director of Research at The Cognitive Studies Department of the Institut Jean-Nicod at l'École Normale Supérieure in Paris.  He is also Global Distinguished Professor of Linguistics at New York University. His research interests include Semantics, Pragmatics; Philosophy of Language; Philosophical Logic; Syntax, Morphology. Recent research projects involv sign language semantics and indexicals.  He holds a PhD in Linguistics from MIT and a PhD in Philosophy from l'École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales, Paris. 


Sergei 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. Website
Mitja 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.

Susi Susi Wurmbrand
is Associate Professor of Linguistics at the University of Connecticut. She holds a PhD in Linguistics from MIT and is the editor-in-chief of the Journal of Comparative Germanic Linguistics. 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). One of her latest publication is "Tense and aspect in English infinitives" to appear in Linguistic Inquiry 2014. Website

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