I am a writer and academic specializing in Russian and Ukrainian culture and politics. My book BLACK SQUARE: ADVENTURES IN POST-SOVIET UKRAINE came out in 2016, with Norton (US) and Heinemann (UK). Hear me discuss it on WNYC 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.
My articles, essays, and book reviews have appeared in The New York Review of Books, The New Republic, The New Yorker, Foreign Policy, The Nation, n+1, and The Paris Review, among other places. 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.
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Balka: Women, Drugs, and HIV in Ukraine, a short documentary I made with Anya Meksin and Leeza Meksin, is available on YouTube. ("The Last Jew in Stalindorf," in BLACK SQUARE, tells the story of our trip to Ukraine to film Balka, and our trip to Anya and Leeza's grandmother's former village in eastern Ukraine.)
Information about my academic work is here.