Publications and Public History

Published Articles and Book Chapters

Nationally Informed: The Politics of National Minority Music during Late Stalinism,” Jahrbücher für Geschichte Osteuropas 67, no. 3 (2019), 372-400

Negotiating ‘Historical Truth’: Art, Authority, and Iurii Shaporin’s The Decembrists,” Journal of Musicology 33, no. 3 (Summer 2016), 277-331

Creative Resilience: Soviet Composers’ Strategic Relationship with the State Censor (A Tale of Two Sofias),” Perspectives on Europe 46, no. 1 (Spring 2016), 94-99

“Modeling the New Collectivity” and “Modeling the New Individual” in Robert Bird, ed. Adventures in the Soviet Imaginary: Soviet Children’s Books and Graphic Art. (Chicago: University of Chicago Library, 2011), 19-21.
(Book awarded the 2012 American Library Association Leab Exhibition Award). See also: expanded articles on the exhibition website:

Publications in Progress

“Creating Crimea: Revision, Reclamation, and the Operatic Politics of Post-Soviet Empire” (Journal article)

Creative Comrades: Censorship and Collaboration in Late-Stalinist Music (Book Manuscript)

Published Book Reviews

Review of Russian Music Since 1917: Reappraisal and Rediscovery,” Russian Review 78, no. 1 (January 2019), 148-149

Review of Stalin’s Music Prize: Soviet Culture and Politics,” Journal of the American Musicological Society 70, no. 1 (Spring 2017), 267-271

Other Publications

“Foreword (Ukrainian), (English) in Gamma Skupinsky, No Kid-ding Notebook: Album of Piano Pieces (Chernivtsi: Bukrek, 2016), 4-5

Invited Guest Lectures and Appearances

“Censorship in Lat Stalinist Classical Music.” Guest appearance, SRB Podcast, University of Pittsburgh, 2020 (Listen)

“Operatic Agitation: Crimean Annexation and the Politics of Performance in Post-Soviet Russia.” Guest lecture, Department of History, Lewis & Clark College, 2018

“Building a Better Past: Iurii Shaporin’s The Decembrists as Master Socialist Realist Opera.” Guest lecture, College of Music, Michigan State University, 2015

“What’s Real about Socialist Realism? Stalinist Musical Aesthetics Revealed.” Guest lecture, Department of Russian Studies, Davidson College, 2014

“Roots of the Russian Revolution.” Guest lecture, Smart Museum of Art, University of Chicago, 2011

Public History Appearances

“Russian Revolution @ 101: Historical Lessons for Russia Today,” Public lecture, Deschutes Public Library, Bend, Oregon, 2019

“Nationalisms and the New Right in Twenty-First Century Europe,” Public panel discussion, Reed College, Portland, Oregon, 2017

“XRAY in The Morning,” Radio broadcast panel discussion of the Trump administration’s Russia scandal, XRAY FM, Portland, Oregon, 2017 (Listen)

“Tuning Up, Scaling Down: Expression in Shostakovich’s Late Quartets.” Pre-concert lecture, Krannert Center for Performing Arts, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, 2011

Public History Groups

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