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.


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) 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

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.

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.


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 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 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.


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.


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.


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 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.


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 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.


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 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.