Daniel Altshuler

is Assistant Professor of Linguistics at Hampshire College.  His primary research interests are in the semantics and pragmatics of natural language. The theme of his research is context dependence of temporal expressions (e.g. tense, aspect, adverbs) with the aim of better understanding how compositional semantics interacts with discourse structure and discourse coherence. He has also worked on the phonetics, phonology and documentation of Osage and has ongoing interests in metrics. His first monograph Events, States and Times. An essay on narrative discourse in English was published Open Access with De Gruyter.  He holds a Ph.D. in linguistics with a certificate in cognitive science from Rutgers University.  Website

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.


Ioana Chitoran

is Professor of Linguistics at Université Paris Diderot. Her research is at the interface of phonetics (physical properties of language) and phonology (the cognitive representation of sound systems).  She is particularly interested in the manner in which phonetic variation can account for stable linguistic categories. She is the author of The Phonology of Romanian and numerous works on Romance Phonology. She holds a PhD 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, and (ii) cross-domain interference studies probing the relationship between language and other cognitive domains, such as music, math, 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.


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.

Dijana Jelača

teaches in the Department of Film at Brooklyn College. 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.

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-Latin/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 from SUNY Binghamton. 

Nobuho Nagasawa

teaches art at Stony Brook Univesrity.  She was educated in Europe and Japan, and received her MFA at Hochschule der Künste in Berlin. She is an interdisciplinary artist whose site-specific works explore the places, politics, ecology, and psychological dimensions of space and people. She is interested in socially interactive sculpture, exploring concepts concerning society, culture and politics and the potential for art. Her work involves in-depth research into the cultural history and memory, and extensive community participation. Much of her work expresses her long-term interest in the environment, ecology, and sustainability. She was an Associate Professor at University of California Santa Cruz prior to joining the faculty at Stony Brook in 2001. Website

Andrew Nevins

is Professor of Linguistics at University College London.  His interests are in Phonological and Morphological Theory and Improved Empirical Foundations of Linguistic Data Collection. Recent research includes: Whistled Languages, Conjunct Agreement, Reduplication, Ergativity, Diminutive Formation, Clitic Restrictions. He is the author of Locality in Vowel Harmony (MIT Press 2010) and co-author of Morphotactics: Basque Auxiliaries and The Structure of Spellout (Springer 2012). He holds a PhD in Linguistics from MIT. Website

Tanja Petrović

is professor for Cultural Studies and head of the Institute of Cultural and Memory Studies at the Research Centre of the Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts. 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 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.


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.


Christina Tortora

is Professor of Linguistics at the City University of New York (College of Staten Island & The Graduate Center).  She's a syntactician who has always been interested in what linguists refer to as “non-standard varieties” or “vernacular speech.” Her field research on Borgomanerese (A comparative grammar of Borgomanerese, 2104, Oxford) led to  more recent corpus-building projects on the English spoken in the southern Appalachian region and in New York City. Her goal is to contribute to our understanding of the human capacity for language by finding the order in natural linguistic production, through the use of different methodologies. She holds a PhD in Linguistics from the University of Delaware. Website

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 and principal investigator of an FWF project at the University of Vienna. Her research specialty is theoretical syntax and the syntax-semantics interface. Current research topics include quantifier scope, the nature of syntactic computations and dependencies, and the cross-linguistic distribution of complementation. She holds a PhD in Linguistics from MIT.