John Frederick Bailyn John Frederick Bailyn

is Associate 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. 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
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), "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 Dijana Jelaca
Dijana Jelača's 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.
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
Barbara Barbara LeSavoy
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. Website
Danijela Danijela Lugaric
is Chair of the Institute of Literary Studies at Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences in Zagreb. She has been teaching at the Russian Literary Section since 2005. 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 underwent professional training at the University of Konstanz (2004), University of Sankt-Petersburg (2006), and at the University of California, Berkeley (2011). She published a book on Russian sang poetry (2011), and articles on contemporary Russian and Croatian poets and prose writers. She holds a PhD from the University of Zagreb. Website
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
Ulises 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. Website
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-Narod 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
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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