Alëna Aksënova

is a computational linguistics whose research is mostly focused on formal language theory. She received her Specialist (~MA) degree from Moscow State University, working on Buryat syntax and doing fieldwork in Turkic and Mongolian languages. These are some projects she is working on:
• Python toolkit kist for subregular language processing; Formal complexity of morphotactics and morphology; Learners for subregular formal language classes; Formal complexity of harmonic systems.  She holds a PhD in Linguistics from Stony Brook University.


Tatiana Artemyeva

is Professor in the Department of Theory and History of Culture at the Herzen State Pedagogical University of Russia. She is the author of 16 books incuding From the Glorious Past to the Bright Future. Philosophy of History and Utopia in Russia in the Epoch of Enlightenment (2005), and a large number of papers.  She has conducted research in various academic centers of Europe as well as USA (in Finland, Germany , Italy and the US among others). She is also co-founder & co-editor of the almanac Philosophical Age and President of the St.Petersburg Society for History of Ideas. S he holds a PhD in Philosophy from St. Petervsburg State University.


Tori Omega Arthur

is an Assistant Professor of Journalism and Media Communication at Colorado State University - Fort Collins. Her research aadresses the intersections of media, race, gender, sexuality, (im)migration, and cultural tourism; social media-based televisuals; the histories and formations of digital diasporas; and, digital/social media representations of the transnational mobilities of Black people, particularly Black LGBTQIA and womxn mobilities. She teaches courses in media history, media and migration, multiculturalism in media, and public communication technologies. She holds a Ph.D. in American Culture Studies from Bowling Green State 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 State University of New York's Russia Programs Network. He holds a PhD in Linguistics from Cornell University. Website

Asma Barlas

is Professor of Politics at Ithaca College, NY. She is primarily interested in Islam/ Muslims, and in particular, in Qur'anic hermeneutics, a topic on which she has written widely. A revised edition of her book, Believing Women in Islam: Unreading Patriarchal Interpretations of the Qur'an was released this year (UTexas Press, 2019).  Most recently, she has published 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 (USA).

Rajesh Bhatt

is Professor of Linguistics at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. His interests include Syntax (agreement, relativization, comparatives, diachronic syntax, object shift and scrambling, verb-2nd phenomena), The syntax-semantics interface (infinitivals, crosslinguistic expression of obligation and possession, word order), Semantics (aspect, counterfactuals, degrees, modality, negation, questions), Indo-Aryan Languages (agreement, ergativity, correlatives, tense-aspect systems), and Computational Linguistics. He holds a PhD in Linguistics from the University of Pennsylvania.


Jonathan David Bobaljik

is Professor of Linguistics at Harvard University. His theoretical interests include Morphology and Syntax. In addition, he has been involved in the documentation of endangered 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 MIT. Website

Simone Brioni

is Associate Professor in the Department of English and affiliate member of the Departments of African Studies and Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies at Stony Brook University, USA. His research focuses on migration studies and postcolonial theory with a particular emphasis on contemporary Italian culture. His articles have been published in edited volumes and peer-reviewed journals including AltreitalieCinergie, Écritures, Incontri, Science Fiction Studies, Studi Culturali, and The Journal of Italian Cinema and Media Studies. His most recent publication include the co-written book (with Shirin Ramzanali Fazel) Scrivere di Islam. Raccontare la diaspora (Venezia: Cà Foscari Edizioni, 2020). He holds a PhD in Italian from the University of Warwick. Website

Robert T Chase

is associate professor of history at Stony Brook University, State University of New York (SUNY).  He is the author of We Are Not Slaves: State Violence, Coerced Labor, and Prisoners Rights in Postwar America (UNC, JPP, 2020) and the editor of Caging Borders and Carceral States: Incarcerations, Immigration Detentions, and Resistance (UNC Press, JPP, 2019).  His work has been published in the Journal of Urban History, the Journal of American History, and a chapter in the anthology The New, New South (University Press of Florida, 2012). As a public intellectual, his work on the history of prison and policing reform and state violence has been featured on national media programs through radio, newspapers, and television (MSNBC, CNN, and NPR, Newsweek, Washington Post).  Website

Aniello De Santo

is an Assistant Professor of Linguistics at the University of Utah (starting Fall 2020). His research lies at the intersection of computational, theoretical, and experimental linguistics. He is particularly interested in using computational approaches to explore the cognitive relevance of modern linguistic theories. In his dissertation, he focused on probing the relation between fine-grained syntactic representations and sentence processing complexity via a transparent computational model. He holds a PhD in Linguistics from Stony Brook University.

John E. Drury

is Professor of Neurolinguistics at Jiangsu Normal University. His work seeks to integrate linguistics and cognitive neuroscience, with a specific focus on the use of EEG/ERPs.  Current projects include: (i) examining logical semantic dimensions of processing of phenomena like polarity sensitivity, negation, (in)definiteness, and quantification, and (ii) cross-domain studies probing the relationship between language and music, math, and visual narrative. His most recent publication is in press with Nature Scientific Reports: Calma-Roddin, N. & J. E. Drury, "Music, language, and the N400: ERP interference patterns across cognitive domains."  He holds a PhD in Linguistics from the University of Maryland.

Masha Esipova

is a Postdoctoral Research Associate in Linguistics at Princeton University. Her research interests lie in the area of semantics and its interaction with pragmatics, syntax, and prosody. Much of her work focuses on how gestures, facial expressions, prosodic modulations, etc. contribute to the meaning of spoken language utterances. Her recent and ongoing projects concern modifiers and supplements in various modalities, ways of expressing emotions and attitudes, gender and T-V features on pronouns, and semantics of pictorial representations. She holds a PhD in Linguistics from New York University. Website

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.


Amelia Glaser

is Associate Professor of Russian and Comparative Literature at the University of California, San Diego, and an award-winning translator.  Her research and teaching interests include Russian literature and film, transnational Jewish literature, the literatures of Ukraine, the literature of immigration to the US, the Russian critical tradition, and translation theory and practice. She is the author Jews and Ukrainians in Russia’s Literary Borderlands: From the Shtetl Fair to the Petersburg Bookshop. (Northwestern U Press, 2012) and numerous scholarly article, as well as= co-editor of 3 other books, incluing the forthcoming Comintern Aesthetics (Toronto U Press) (with Steven Lee). She holds a PhD in Comparative Literature from Stanford.


Masha Godovannaya

is a visual artist, experimental film maker, and queer-feminist researcher.  Approaching art production as artistic research and collective action, Masha’s artistic practice draws on combinations of approaches and spheres such as moving image theory, experimental cinema and DIY video tradition, social science, queer theory, decolonial methodologies, and contemporary art. 

Masha holds an MFA degree in Film/Video from Milton Avery Graduate School of the Arts, Bard College, New York, and MA in Sociology from European University in St. Petersburg, Russia.  Currently, she is a candidate in PhD in Practice at the Academy of Fine Arts, Vienna, Austria. 


Vera Gor

is a Lecturer in the Program in Linguistics and the Council of the Humanities at Princeton University. Her research interests are in experimental approaches to the syntax-pragmatics interface with a special focus on pronominal reference resolution in adults and children, and backwards anaphora in particular. Before joining the Program in Linguistics at Princeton, she taught at St. Petersburg State University and Rutgers University, where she was presented with the SAS Award for Distinguished Contributions to Undergraduate Education. She holds a Ph.D. in Linguistics from Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey. Website

Caroline Heycock

is Professor of Syntax at the University of Edinburgh. Her work is in the area of theoretical syntax, with particular reference to English and the other Germanic languages, and to Japanese. The topics that she is interested in tend to be at the borderline of syntax and semantics. Recent and current research topics include reconstruction phenomena, equatives and other copular constructions, particularly pseudoclefts, the  syntax and semantics of (especially) nominal conjunctiomn, and syntactic attrition in the native language of advanced learners of a second language. She holds a PhD in Linguistics from the University of Pennsylvania.  Website

Robert Hoberman

is Professor of Linguistics at Stony Brook University. He works on the morphologies and phonologies of Semitic languages, focusing on Arabic, Hebrew, and Aramaic in both their classical and modern, colloquial varieties. Other interests include (in various overlapping circles) writing systems, comparative Semitic linguistics, the phonological history of Yiddish, Jewish interlinguistics, and ethnic, linguistic, and religious minorities in the Middle East. He holds a PhD in Linguistics from the University of Chicago.

Kristin Lené Hole

is an assistant professor in the School of Film at Portland State University. She is the author ofTowards a Feminist Cinematic Ethics: Claire Denis, Emmanuel Levinas, and Jean-Luc Nancy (Edinburgh UP, 2016), co-editor ofThe Routledge Companion to Cinema and Gender (with Dijana Jelača, E. Ann Kaplan and Patrice Petro, Routledge, 2016) and co-author of the textbook Film Feminisms: A Global Introduction (co-authored with Dijana Jelača). Shge holds a PhD in Comparative Studies from Stony Brook University. Website

Dijana Jelača

teaches in the Film Department and Feirstein Graduate School of Cinema at Brooklyn College. Her areas of inquiry include feminist film studies, trauma and memory studies, and South Slavic film cultures. Her most recent publication is a co-authored textbook (with Kristin Hole) Film Feminisms (Routledge 2019).  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, Signs, and Jump Cut.  She holds a PhD in Communication and Film Studies from The University of Massachusetts, Amherst.

Kyle Johnson

is Professor of Linguistics at UMass Amherst. On his way to the position he now has at UMass, he taught, and mostly learned, at the University of Connecticut at Storrs, UC-Irvine, UCLA, University of Wisconsin at Madison and McGill University. His specialization is in syntactic theory. He holds a PhD in Linguistics from MIT. Website

Nikolay Karkov

is an Associate Professor of Philosophy at the State University of New York at Cortland. His research explores the discourses and practices of state socialism, and also conversations and collaborations between Eastern Europe and the global South. He is co-editor of special issues on socialist modernity and the global South, "state feminisms" in Southeastern Europe, and decolonial theory, and has also co-edited an anthology of autonomist Marxist writing (in Bulgarian). Most recently, he has published in Interventions: International Journal of Postcolonial Studies, Slavic Review, and Deleuze Studies. He is a member of New Left Perspectives, and holds a PhD in philosophy from SUNY Binghamton.

Nina Kazanina

is Senior Lecturer in Psychology of Language at the University of Bristol. Her research interests are in the field of psycholinguistics and cognitive neuroscience of language, spanning from acquisition of syntax and semantics to sentence processing and speech perception. She has been interested in exploring the degree to which the speaker's use of grammatical knowledge guides his/her online processing using phenomena such as anaphora and negation. She holds a Ph.D. in Linguistics from the University of Maryland. 

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

Leah Lowe

is Associate Professor of Theatre, Drama and Dramturgy, and Department Chair at Vanderbilt University where she teaches classes in directing and in creating original performance work. She directs plays professionally in Nashville and beyond. She particularly enjoys collaborating with playwrights and actors on the development of new texts. Her scholarly research interests include contemporary American drama, nineteenth century American audience cultures, and performance art. She holds an MFA in Directing from the University of Minnesota and a Ph.D. in dramaturgy from The Florida State University School of Theater. Website

Vladimir S. Malakhov

is Director of the Center for Political Theory and Applied Political Science at RANEPA; he is also teaching at the Russian-British University “Moscow School of Social and Economic Sciences”. His scholarly interests range from nationalism and ethnicity studies and sociology of culture to multiculturalism and citizenship studies. He is the author six books, editor-in-chief of six other books and the author of over 100 articles.  He has published in: Europe-Asia Studies, Nationalities Papers Anthropology & Archeology of Eurasia, Transit, Deutsche Zeitschrift fuer PhilosophieDialektik, Deutsche Zeitschrift fuer Slavische Philologie, Tumult (Muenchen/Wien), Intellectual News (London), Nouva Secondaria (Brescia), Niin e nain (Helsinki), Pro et Contra, Ab imperio (Moscow), International Migration  etc. Website

Gary Marker

is Professor of History at Stony Brook University. His interests include Russian History (seventeenth century to the present), cultural history, history of printing and reading. He is the author of Days of A Russian Noblewoman: The Memories of Anna Labzina (2001) and numerous edited volumes and scholarly articles. He holds a PhD History from the University of California at Berkeley.


James McFarland

was educated at Oberlin College, the Christian-Albrechts-Universität zu Kiel, and Princeton University, and has taught at Connecticut College and Vanderbilt University, where he is an Associate Professor of German, Cinema and Media Arts. He has worked on Weimar and Frankfurt School cultural criticism, the image of the flesh-eating zombie, and contemporary philological practice. He is the co-editor of The Modern Challenge to Tradition: Fragmente eines Buchs, volume 6 of the new Critical Edition of Hannah Arendt’s Works, and the author of Constellation: Friedrich Nietzsche and Walter Benjamin in the Now-Time of History. Together with his wife Leah Lowe he participated in several earlier incarnations of the New York Institute (2007-2009). Website

Ulises Mejias

is Assoc Professor in the Communication Studies Dept and Director of the Institute for Global Engagement at SUNY Oswego. His research involves critical internet studies, network theory and science, philosophy and sociology of technology, and political economy of digital media. His first book, Off the Network: Disrupting the Digital World was published in 2013. His 2nd book, (w/ Nick Couldry, London School of Economics), The Costs of Connection: How Data is Colonizing Human Life and Appropriating it for Capitalism, (Stanford UP) comes out in Aug 2019 (  He holds an Ed.D. from Teachers College, Columbia.


Yola Monakhov Stockton

directs the photography program at SUNY Buffalo State, where she is Assistant Professor.  She has worked as a photojournalist throughout the Middle East, Central Asia, and former Soviet Union, and her work has appeared in Harper’s, The New York Times, and The New Yorker. Her monograph, The Nature of Imitation, was published by Schilt (Amsterdam). She received an M.A. in Italian Literature and M.F.A. in Visual Arts from Columbia University, and served as Harnish Visiting Artist at Smith College.

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

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.


Pritty Patel-Grosz

is Professor of Linguistics and heads the Super Linguistics Research Group at the University of Oslo. Her early interests include the syntax-semantics-pragmatics interface and psycholinguistics. She has conducted research on individual variables, agreement and anaphoric presuppositions. P. Patel-Grosz’s current research aims for a precise, rigorous, and predictive semantic theory of meaningful body movement. In collaboration with musicologists and primatologists, she has explored the semantics of narrative dance, and illustrated its similarities to linguistic semantics; this research is now being extended to non-human primates. Patel-Grosz was educated at University College London, and obtained a PhD in Linguistics from MIT. Website

Asya Pereltsvaig

teaches linguistics at Santa Clara University. Her research interests are theoretical syntax, cross-linguistic typology, Slavic linguistics, and historical linguistics. Her recent books include: The Indo-European Controversy: Facts and Fallacies in Historical Linguistics (2015, with Martin Lewis) and Languages of the World: An Introduction (Second Edition, 2017). Her work has also appeared in Science, Natural Language and Linguistic Theory, Language and Linguistics Compass, and elsewhere. She has taught at Yale, Cornell, and Stanford. He holds a PhD in Linguistics from McGill University. Website

David Pesetsky

is the Ferrari P. Ward Professor of Modern Languages and Linguistics and the Margaret MacVicar Faculty Fellow and former Head of the Department of LInguistics at MIT.  His primary interests are syntax (and interfaces with morphology and semantics) and the Syntax of Music. He has published numerous articles and books on a variety of topics in linguistics, including syntax, word-structure and language acquisition. 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 cultural, linguistic, political, and social processes that shape reality of these societies. 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. Website

Asia Pietraszko

is Assistant Professor of Linguistics at the University of Rochester. She works in syntax and morphology, with main focus on verbal morphosyntax in Bantu languages. She is interested in clausal architecture and phenomena underlying structure building, such as selection, displacement and agreement, and more specifically in verbal periphrasis and inflectional dependencies in multi-verb constructions. He other interests include nominalization, left-periphery phenomena, relativization and syntax-phonology interface. She received her PhD from the University of Chicago Linguistics Department Website

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 MIT. Website

Philippe Schlenker

is a senior researcher at CNRS (Institut Jean-Nicod, Paris) and a Global Distinguished Professor at New York University. In recent work, he has advocated a program of 'Super Semantics' that seeks to expand the traditional frontiers of the field. He has investigated the semantics of sign languages, with special attention both to their logical structure and to the rich iconic means that interact with it. In order to have a point of comparison for these iconicphenomena, P. Schlenker has also investigated the logic and typology of gestures in spoken language.  In collaborative work with primatologists and psycholinguists, he has laid the groundwork for a 'primate semantics' that seeks to apply the general methods of formal linguistics to primate vocalizations. And in ongoing research, he has advocated the development of a detailed semantics for music, albeit one that is very different from linguistic semantics. He holds a PhD in Linguistics from MIT and a PhD in Philosophy from l'École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales, Paris. 


Nina Semushina

is a Ph.D. candidate in linguistics and anthropogeny at Linguistics Department & Center for Academic Research and Training in Anthropogeny at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD). Her research interests are in the area of language acquisition, sign language typology, and numerical cognition. Her recent projects focus on the impact of early language deprivation on the acquisition of number, and the typology of number marking in sign languages (numeral systems across sign languages; numeral incorporation). Website

Shobana Shankar

is finishing a book, Race between the Black Atlantic and Indian Ocean (under contract with Zed Books). It examines how Africans and Indians have attempted to understand and negotiate their complicated racial interrelationships in spheres like religion, science, and education where postcolonial peoples have challenged white supremacy and sought autonomy from Euro-American power. Her presentation on blackness, Asians, and Africans will draw on past and recent attacks on Gandhi and what they mean to the struggle for racial equality. She holds a PhD in History from UCLA. Website

Clemens Steiner-Mayr

currently holds a position in formal semantics/pragmatics at the University of Göttingen. He has published, among other topics, on focus, implicatures, questions, intervention effects and presuppositions. His main research question is how interpretative considerations constrain grammar. He received his PhD in Linguistics from Harvard University in 2010.

Yalile Suriel

is a doctoral candidate in the department of History at Stony Brook University. Her research examines the intersections between mass incarceration and higher education. Her dissertation is titled: “Campus Eyes: University Surveillance and the Policing of Brown and Black Student Activism in the Age of Mass Incarceration, 1960-1990.” Suriel is a Turner Fellow and an AERA fellow. She has published in the Activist History Review and in the African American Intellectual History Society. 

Elena Titov

teaches linguistics at UCL. Her research interests are syntax and its interfaces with the interpretive and the morphophonological components of grammar, architecture of grammar, cross-linguistic variation in the grammatical encoding of information structure, agreement mismatches, Slavic languages, Germanic languages, and Kwa languages. Her work has appeared in Linguistic Inquiry, Glossa, Journal of Linguistics, and is soon to appear in Syntax. She did her postdoctoral research at the Department of Linguistics, University of Potsdam, where she worked on a project titled ‘The Syntactic Expression of Information Structure and the Architecture of Grammar’. She holds a PhD in Linguistics from UCL. 

Bekeh Ukelina

is an Assistant Professor of History at the State University of New York, Cortland. His research examines the ideologies and practices of development in Africa, South of the Sahara. He focuses primarily on understanding the interlocking layers of exploitation rooted in the colonial and new imperialist global systems. His recent book, The Second Colonial Occupation: Development Planning, Agriculture, and the Legacies of British Rule in Nigeria won the 2018 NYASA Book Award. Bekeh teaches courses in Global History, Development History, African history, Slavery, and Digital History. He is currently working on a book, The Miseducation of the African Child: Colonialism and the Legacies of Neoliberal Economics in Nigeria. He holds a PhD in History from West Virginia University.

Valeria Vinogradova

is a PhD student at the University of East Anglia (UEA). She has been working under supervision of Dr Velia Cardin, the director of the Deafness and Neural Plasticity Lab at the University College London (UCL), on a project studying neural reorganisation in the deaf brain. Valeria’s main research is focused on how neural plasticity relates to executive functions and language proficiency in deaf adults. Her previous work included work on rhythm perception in deaf individuals and sign language typology, and recently she has been involved in an online research project on lexical variation in Russian Sign Language.

Tracey Walters

is an Associate Professor of Literature in the Department of Africana Studies at Stony Brook University where she also holds an affiliate appointment with the Department of English, and Women’s and Gender Studies. Dr. Walters has published numerous articles on Black women’s literature and three books: African American Women and the Classicists Tradition: Black Women Writers from Wheatley to Morrison (2007), an edited collection Zadie Smith: Critical Essays (2008), and an ebook Zadie Smith (2012). Forthcoming: Not Your Mother’s Mammy: The Representation of the Domestic in Transatlantic Media (Rutgers Press), and Zadie Smith Decoded (forthcoming). Walters is co-host of the podcast: Black Girls with Accents.


Katharina Wiedlack

is Senior Post-Doc Fellow at the Department of English and American Studies at the University of Vienna. 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.