[Last Updated: August 31, 2014]

Academic Positions

  • (2013-present) Professorial Lecturer, Religion Department, The George Washington University, Washington DC.
  • (2013) Adjunct Assistant Professor, Religion Department, J. Sargaent Reynolds Community College, Richmond, VA.
  • (2012-2013)   Adjunct Professor of Religion, Religion Department, The George Washington University, Washington DC. (Served as a sabbatical replacement for the director of the Peace Studies Program during the 2012-13 academic year.)
  • (2008-2011) Graduate Teaching Fellow, School of Theology and Religious Studies, The Catholic University of America, Washington, DC.
  • (2009) Adjunct Instructor, Department of Philosophy and Religion, Marymount University, Arlington, VA
  • (2007-2008) Graduate Teaching Assistant, School of Theology and Religious Studies, The Catholic University of America, Washington, DC.

Education

  • Ph.D., The Catholic University of America, School of Theology and Religious Studies, Religion and Culture (2012)
  • M.A.R., Yale University Divinity School, Religion and the Arts (2004)
  • M.A., Yale University, Slavic Languages and Literatures (2002)
  • A.B., Smith College, Russian Civilization and Russian Literature (1999)

Dissertation

Religious Symbolism, Jungian Archetypal Theory, and an Encounter with Evil: Building a Case for the Devil in Mikhail Bulgakov’s The Master and Margarita

Languages

French, Old Church Slavic, Russian

Courses Taught

(George Washington University)

  • Introduction to Peace Studies (7 sections)
  • The Peace Studies Project (capstone seminar)
  • Ethics in World Religions

(J. Sargaent Reynolds Community College)

  • Religions of the World I (Eastern Religions)

(Catholic University)

  • Introduction to Buddhism (online, 2 sections)
  • Ways of Peace in World Religions
  • World Religions (2 sections)
  • Christianity and Culture (3 sections)
  • Introduction to Buddhism

(Marymount University)

  • Religions of the World (2 sections)

Publications

Journal Articles:

  • Forthcoming, 2015: “Reimagining Woland: The Shadow and the Paradox of Evil in Mikhail Bulgakov’s The Master and Margarita

Popular/Digital Essays:

Newspaper Articles:

Under review:

  • Journal Article: “Personifying the Unconscious: The Archetypal Significance of Mikhail Bulgakov’s Title Characters in The Master and Margarita.
  • Magazine Article: “Yarn Over, Pull Through: Crochet Your Way to Mindfulness”
  • Book:To Hell and Back: Mikhail Bulgaov’s Wounded Psyche & the Journey of The Master and Margarita (working title).

Works in progress:

Articles:

  • “‘We’re Just Alike’: Locating Likeness between Will Graham and Hannibal Lecter in Thomas Harris’ Red Dragon” (working title)

Presentations

  • Upcoming presenter. “Monsters, Humans, and TV, Oh My! Exploring the Narrative of the Monster Among Us in Hannibal, The Following, and The Americans,” Popular Culture Association in the South and the American Culture Association in the South Conference (2014).
  • Presenter, Chair of Horror & Humanity Panel. “The Good, the Bad, and Hannibal Lecter: Mimetic Desire and the Problem of Doubling in Thomas Harris’ Red Dragon.” Popular Culture Association and the American Culture Association in the South Conference (2013).
  • Presenter. “Terror, Desire, and the Good: Hannibal Lecter, Will Graham, and the Problem of Sacrifice in Red Dragon.” Religion, Literature, and the Arts Conference: Sacrifice, Terror, and the Good (2013).
  • “Psyche and the Injured Nation: Khrushchev’s de-Stalinization as Failed Individuation.” The Jungian Society for Scholarly Studies Annual Conference (2013).
  • “A New Religious Movement of Reading? New Thought Religion and Reading for Psyche in Oprah’s Book Club,” The Popular Culture Association and the American Culture Association Annual Conference (2013).
  • “Reading and Mind: Jungian Theory, Reading for Psyche, and Making the Connection the Oprah Way.” The American Academy of Religion Mid-Atlantic Regional Conference (2013).
  • “Miserable Reads and Ah-ha! Moments: The Religious Psychology of Oprah’s Book Club,” The Popular & American Culture Association Mid-Atlantic Regional Conference (2012).
  • “Documenting Suffering: Solzhenitsyn’s One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich as Active Imagination,” The Jungian Society for Scholarly Studies Conference (2012).
  • “Women, Suffering, and the Oprah Winfrey Effect: Approaching Pluralism Through Documentary Literature,” The American Academy of Religion Mid-Atlantic Regional Conference (2012).
  • “The Devil in the Darkness: Mikhail Bulgakov’s Mysticism of Darkness in The Master and Margarita,” The American Academy of Religion Mid-Atlantic Regional Conference (2008).

Professional Affiliations

  • American Academy of Religion
  • Archive for Research in Archetypal Symbolism
  • Colloquium on Violence & Religion
  • Conference on Christianity and Literature
  • Popular Culture Association & American Culture Association
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