I am an interdisciplinary scholar, trained in political & feminist theory and area studies and now jointly appointed in Slavic and East European Languages & Cultures and Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies. I teach and advise students in both programs as well as in the International Studies program (including with the Human Rights Minor).
My research, teaching and ethical commitments are to a robust study of rights, law and political discourses as they are culturally and geopolitically entangled. I have been interested in how rights categories emerge and evolve and what is at stake in those articulations. My book, Economies of Violence: Transnational Feminism, Postsocialism, and the Politics of Sex Trafficking (Duke University Press, 2015), is a genealogy of global human trafficking discourse in and through the end of the Cold War. The project is linked to transnational feminist studies, postsocialist cultural studies, and critical human rights.
I have several current projects focused on Russia, including research on race and post-coloniality. In addition, I am engaged in collaborative academic and community projects concerned with critical human rights and posthumanism, including work on “modern day slavery.” In collaboration with many OSU faculty and students, I am working on the Human Rights in Transit project, which is an Arts & Humanities Discovery Theme pilot project.
For recent publications see my academia.edu page