Head, Department of Slavonic Studies
University Senior Lecturer in Ukrainian Studies
Language, literature and national identity
Departments and Institutes
My primary research interest is the interplay of literature and national identity in Ukraine. I also study Soviet Russian dissident literature and Turkish nationalist literature. My broader interests include nationalism theory, human rights discourse, and problems of cultural memory. My current project is a comparative study of the role of lyric poetry in the emergence of modern European nationalisms.
I direct the Ukrainian Studies programme at Cambridge and chair the Cambridge Committee for Russian and East European Studies.
'Captive Turks: Crimean Tatars in Pan-Turkist Literature', Middle Eastern Studies 50.2 (Spring 2014)
Remembering Katyn, co-authored with Alexander Etkind, Uillieam Blacker, Julie Fedor, Simon Lewis, Maria Mälksoo and Matilda Mroz, Polity Press (2012)
'The Poetics of Home: Crimean Tatars in Nineteenth-Century Russian and Turkish Literatures', Comparative Literature Studies 49.1 (January 2012)
'Forgetting Nothing, Forgetting No One: Boris Chichibabin, Viktor Nekipelov, and the Deportation of the Crimean Tatars', Modern Language Review106.4 (September 2011)
'Nationalism and the Lyric; or, How Taras Shevchenko Speaks to Compatriots Dead, Living, and Unborn', Slavonic and East European Review 89: 1 (January 2011)