Students at Oxford University on their way to the matriculation ceremony, passing under the Hertford Bridge, popularly known as the Bridge of Sighs because of its purported similarity to its famous namesake in Venice. October 19, 2013. Photo by Anna A Golovkova.
Education I began my undergraduate education at the Moscow State Linguistics University in Russia, training in linguistics and English and receiving a certification in Pedagogy of Teaching a Foreign Language. My graduate work took place in the US and UK. I received my MA in Middle East and Asian Languages and Cultures (now Middle Eastern, South Asian, and African Studies) at Columbia University and an MSt with distinction in Oriental Studies at Oxford University. I completed my doctoral studies in Asian Religions and South Asian Literature and Culture in 2017 at Cornell University in Ithaca, NY. I am currently an A. W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in Religion at Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine.
Academic Interests Religious studies, South Asian religious traditions, history of tantric traditions, Hindu Goddesses, Sanskrit literature, intellectual history in premodern India, and ritual practices in South Asia and the diaspora.
Special Teaching Interests I am committed to using active learning techniques in the classroom and applying Reacting to the Past and other role-playing methodologies to teaching South Asian religions, history, literature, and philosophy.