Research Interests: Marxism and Critical Theory, queer and feminist theory, environmental humanities, and nineteenth- and twentieth-century German and Russian literature
Dissertation Title: Utopia, Aesthetics & Gender: Queer Currents in Revolutionary Russia and Germany, 1860s-1920s
Research Interests: Goethe and Russian literature; Russian Hellenism; Svetalana Alexievich; Pushkin and Milton's Paradise Lost; Erofeev (Moscow-Petushki & underrepresented works); Pasternak (Doktor Zhivago & translations); Brodsky (primarily Gorbunov and Gorshakov and Twenty Sonnets to Mary Stewart); Tolstoy (short prose: The Death of Ivan Ilyich, Two Hussars, etc.), Dostoevsky; samizdat; fate and fatalism.
Research interests: Aurora’s research interests pertain to international human rights, religious conflict, mass atrocities, vaccine diplomacy, and soft power. Her regions of focus are Russia and China.
Dissertation Title or Topic: Aurora’s dissertation topic is about religion as a political actor in mass atrocities (terrorism, genocide).
Research interests: pedagogical theory and educational reform in 19th century Russia; the role of literature and the literary community in shaping educational discourse and practice; language politics in educational reforms; the image of teachers in literature; the moral responsibility of educators; “Russianness”, national identity, and the purpose(s) of education in 19th century Russia.
Dissertation topic: The Muse of Pedagogy: Metaphors of Education in 19th Century Russian Literature
Research Interests: specializing in Japanese and Global art history. She is interested in the construction and conceptualization of visualities, in the formation of national art traditions, in transcultural interactions and the global life of objects, as well as in the interplay between artifactual and natural worlds, focusing on the artistic production of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries