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, New York. She is primarily interested in Islam/ Muslims, and in particular, in Qur'anic hermeneutics. Among her books are"Believing Women" in Islam: Unreading Patriarchal Interpretations of the Qur'an (2002) and Re-understanding Islam: A double critique (2008). Her most recent work has appeared 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.


Jonathan David Bobaljik

is Professor of Linguistics 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.


Veneeta Dayal

is Professor of Linguistics at Rutgers University. Her research focuses on semantics and the syntax-semantics interface, typically from a cross-linguistic perspective. Her articles have appeared in Linguistic Inquiry, Natural Language and Linguistic Theory, Linguistics and Philosophy and Natural Language Semantics on a range of topics: wh constructions, bare nominals, (in)definiteness, genericity, and free choice items. She is the author of Locality in Wh Quantification (Kluwer) and Questions (OUP) and co-editor of Clause Structure in South Asian Languages (Kluwer). She is now working on a book on (In)definiteness and Genericity: A Cross-linguistic Perspective. She holds a Ph.D. in Linguistics from Cornell University.

John E. Drury

is Assistant Professor of Linguistics and Director of the Experimental Linguistics Lab at Stony Brook University.  His work seeks to integrate linguistic perspectives on the knowledge, processing, and acquisition of language with research in cognitive neuroscience, with a specific focus on the use of electrophysiological measurement techniques (e.g., EEG/ERPs).  Two projects underway in the el.lab include: (i) examining logical semantic dimensions of sentence level processing targeting phenomena like polarity sensitivity, negation, (in)definiteness, and quantification, and (ii) cross-domain interference studies probing the relationship between language and other cognitive domains, such as music, mathematics, and visual narrative.  He holds a PhD in Linguistics from the University of Maryland.


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.


Dijana Jelača

teaches in the Department of Communication and Media Studies at Fordham University. Her areas of inquiry include feminist film studies, trauma and memory studies, and South Slavic film cultures. She is the author of Dislocated Screen Memory: Narrating Trauma in Post-Yugoslav Cinema (Palgrave 2016), and co-editor of The Routledge Companion to Cinema and Gender (Routledge, 2017). Her work has appeared in Camera Obscura, Feminist Media Studies, Jump Cut and elsewhere.  She holds a PhD in Communication and Film Studies from The University of Massachusetts, Amherst.

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

Maria Kuvaldina

is a Cognitive Psychologist affiliated with SUNY Farmingdale St. Petersburg State University. Her research focus is on computational models of attention and perception, and consciousness studies. She has also worked as a post-doctoral researcher at the New School for Social Research, USA (cognitive psychology), University of Turku, Finland (eye movement analysis) and University of Helsinki, Finland (applied physics). She holds a PhD in Psychology from St. Petersburg State University.

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.


Xhercis Méndez

is Assistant Professor of Philosophy and African American and African Studies at Michigan State University.  Her research brings together Women of Color and Decolonial Feminisms, Sexuality Studies, and Afro-Latinx/diasporic Religion and Philosophies to develop decolonial feminist methodologies that address and transform racialized gender violence. She is author of “Notes Toward a Decolonial Feminist Methodology: The Race/Gender Matrix Revisited” (2015) and is working on her manuscript entitled, An Other Humanity: Decolonizing Feminism through Methodological Interventions from the Dark Side. She holds a PhD in Philosophy and Certificates in Feminist Theory and Latin American and Caribbean Area Studies from SUNY Binghamton. 

Denis Paperno

is researcher of the Loria (Lorraine Lab of Computer Science and its Applications) at CNRS (the National Center of Scientific Research). His interests include computational and formal semantics, including distributional semantics, semantic composition, quantification, coordination, and semantic and pragmatic alternatives. With Ed Keenan, he edits the Handbook of Quantifiers in Natural Language (2012, 2017). He has worked on English, Russian, Beng (Mande, Côte d'Ivoire) Q'anjob'al (Mayan, Guatemala) and other languages. He holds a PhD in Linguistics from the University of California Los Angeles.

Tanja Petrović

is professor for Cultural Studies and head of the Institute of Cultural and Memory Studies 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 legacy in post-Yugoslav societies, as well as in labor and gender history of socialist Yugoslavia. She is the author of Yuropa: Yugoslav Legacy and the Politics of the Future in Post-Yugoslav Societies (Belgrade 2012, Berlin 2015) and a number of monographs and essays on linguistic and cultural identities and processes in the former Yugoslav societies. She holds a PhD in linguistic 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).


Timothy Portice

is an Assistant Professor of Russian and Comparative Literature at Middlebury College since 2013.  His research interests include the aesthetics, contemporary Russian literature and culture, the intersections between philosophy and literature, translation and translation studies, the study of science fiction, and Russian language pedagogy. He holds a PhD in Slavic Languages and Literatures from Princeton University.

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.


Tanya Scott

teaches Psychology at the City University of New York and Linguistics at Stony Brook University. Her interests include cognitive psychology, Slavic morphosyntax, and the linguistics and psychology interface. She is a collaborator with the experimental cognitive psychology lab in St. Petersburg State University. She has participated in creating Google voice for Russian that was re-launched in 2014. She was a Fulbright–Hays dissertation scholar and she holds a Ph.D. in Linguistics from Stony Brook 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.


Katharina Wiedlack

is FWF post-doc research fellow at the Department for English and American Studies, University of Vienna 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