Cultural historian of Russia and Eastern Europe. She holds a PhD and MA in History from the University of California, Berkeley and a BA with honors in History and Slavic Studies from Brown University. She is currently a Max Weber Fellow at the European University Institute in Florence, where she is completing a book manuscript about death in late Soviet culture. Her article “Late Socialism as a Time of Weeping: The Life, Death, and Resurrection of Vladimir Vysotsky” is forthcoming in Kritika: Explorations in Russian and Eurasian History. A former Moscow-based journalist, she continues to write essays about society and culture in contemporary Eastern Europe for publications including The Washington Post and the Los Angeles Review of Books.