I am a writer specializing in Russian and Ukrainian culture and politics. My book BLACK SQUARE: ADVENTURES IN POST-SOVIET UKRAINE is out with Norton (US) and Heinemann (UK). Hear me discuss it with WNYC's John Hockenberry here. You can read excerpts about Crimean Crusoes in n+1, the early days of Ukraine's Maidan revolution on Lithub, and post-revolutionary Maidan in Dissent. And here I am on C-SPAN talking about BLACK SQUARE, fake news, and the post-Trump world order.
Through the links below, you can sample some of my articles, essays, and book reviews. Topics include revolutionaries, oligarchs, and graphomaniacs; Tolstoy's wife's revenge; an afternoon with a Cossack bear trainer; and the history of the show trial.
Make me very happy by ordering BLACK SQUARE online. Make me truly ecstatic by buying it in an independent bookstore.
Balka: Women, Drugs, and HIV in Ukraine, a short documentary I made with Anya Meksin and Leeza Meksin, is available on YouTube.
Information about my academic work is here.