John Frederick Bailyn

is Professor of Linguistics at Stony Brook University. His interests include syntactic theory, cognitive science, Slavic linguistics, Russian syntax and musical cognition. He is the author of The Syntax of Russian (2012) and numerous articles on theoretical syntax and the Slavic languages.  He is the co-founder and co-director of NYI, as well as the Director of the Stae University of New York's Russia Programs Network. He holds a PhD in Linguistics from Cornell University.


Asma Barlas

is Professor of Politics at Ithaca College, NY. She is primarily interested in Islam/ Muslims, and in particular, in Qur'anic hermeneutics, a topic on which she has written widely. A revised edition of her book, Believing Women in Islam: Unreading Patriarchal Interpretations of the Qur'an was released this year (UTexas Press, 2019).  Most recently, she has published in the Journal of Feminist Studies in Religion, the Oxford Handbook of Theology, Sexuality, and Gender, and Patriarchal Moments (Bloomsbury). She holds a PhD in International Studies from the University of Denver (USA).


John E. Drury

is Visiting Researcher in the Dept of English Literature and Linguistics at Qatar University. His work seeks to integrate linguistics and cognitive neuroscience, with a specific focus on the use of EEG/ERPs.  Current projects include: (i) examining logical semantic dimensions of processing of phenomena like polarity sensitivity, negation, (in)definiteness, and quantification, and (ii) cross-domain  studies probing the relationship between language and music, math, and visual narrative. He holds a PhD in Linguistics from the University of Maryland.

Mary (Polly) Gannon

is Director of Cultural Studies at NYI. Her interests include translation theory, comparative literature and poetry, women's literature, and film studies. She teaches courses in Cultural Studies and Translation and specializes in literary translation.  Her translation of Podstrochnik (Word for Word) by Lilianna Lungina, with Oleg Dorman, is forthcoming from Overlook Publishers.  She holds a Ph.D. in Russian Literature from Cornell University.


John Halle

is Director of Studies in Music Theory and Practice at the Bard College Comnservatory of Muisc.  Active as both a composer and theorist, recent compositions have been performed by the Meridian Arts Ensemble, the Cygnus Ensemble, the Bang on a Can All-Stars, the Locrian Ensemble, Fulcrum Point, flutists Ransom Wilson and Tara Helen O'Connor, and the Now Ensemble, among others.  He is a founding member of Common Sense, a composers' collective which will release its third CD on the Albany label. Halle's scholarship focuses on connections between the mental representation of language and music.


Eugene Hammond

is Associate Professor of Writing at Stony Brook University, having taught from 1977 to 2000 at the University of Maryland.  He is the author of Thoughtful Writing, Teaching Writing,Travels Through the English Sentence, and a two-volume biography of Jonathan Swift, Jonathan Swift: Irish Blow-in, and Jonathan Swift: Our Dean. He has taught classes in South Korea, workshops for teachers in China, Nepal, and Djibouti, and classes on the Semester at Sea program that circumnavigates the globe.

Tania Ionin

is Associate Professor of Linguistics at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Her research interests include second language acquisition, experimental semantics, and the syntax/semantics interface. She is particularly interested in the semantics and syntax of the nominal domain, and uses experimental methods to investigate (in)definiteness and quantifier scope in both native and non-native grammars. She has recently published, with Ora Matushansky, “Cardinals: The Syntax and Semantics of Cardinal-Containing Expressions” (MIT Press, 2018). She holds a PhD in Cognitive Science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Dijana Jelača

teaches in the Film Department and Feirstein Graduate School of Cinema at Brooklyn College. Her areas of inquiry include feminist film studies, trauma and memory studies, and South Slavic film cultures. Her most recent publication is a co-authored textbook (with Kristin Hole) Film Feminisms (Routledge 2019).  She is the author of Dislocated Screen Memory: Narrating Trauma in Post-Yugoslav Cinema (Palgrave 2016), and co-editor of The Routledge Companion to Cinema and Gender (Routledge, 2017). Her work has appeared in Camera Obscura, Feminist Media Studies, Signs, and Jump Cut.  She holds a PhD in Communication and Film Studies from The University of Massachusetts, Amherst.

Nikolay Karkov

is an Assistant Professor in Philosophy at SUNY Cortland. His research interests include modern and contemporary European philosophy, decolonial and intercultural theory, autonomist Marxism, and Afro-diasporic political thought. He has published texts on Caribbean and Eastern European humanism, recent French theory, and decolonial feminism. He is also a member of New Left Perspectives in Bulgaria, Eastern Europe.  he holds a PhD in philosophy from Binghamton University.

Kristen Karlberg

is an Assistant Professor of Sociology at Purchase College, where she has been teaching since 2008.  While Dr. Karlberg has practical research experience in medical sociology, epidemiology, public health, feminist research and science and technology studies, her overall focus has been integrating these approaches into the examination of institutions and individuals interacting with technologies and shifting identities through these interactions along the life course.  The overarching theme is technologization, including biomedicalization, and the life course, but her research incorporates traditional sociological variables as well as the systems of inequalities that come with them.  Kristen lives in Bedford with her husband, her father, two boys and two golden retrievers (also boys!).  She holds a PhD in Medical Sociology from UCal San Francisco.

Gary Marker

is Professor of History at Stony Brook University. His interests include Russian History (seventeenth century to the present), cultural history, history of printing and reading. He is the author of Days of A Russian Noblewoman: The Memories of Anna Labzina (2001) and numerous edited volumes and scholarly articles. he holds a PhD History from the University of California at Berkeley.


Ora Matushansky

is a Research Director (Directeure de Recherche) in Linguistics at the Centre National de Recherche Scientifique (CNRS) in Paris. Her research interests include syntax, semantics and their interface, as well as Russian morpho-phonology. She is particularly interested in proper names, cardinals, measures and scalarity, case (syntactic and morphological), locatives and loci, non-verbal predication and possession. She has recently published, with Tania Ionin, Cardinals: The Syntax and Semantics of Cardinal-Containing Expressions (MIT Press, 2018). She holds two PhDs in Linguistics, from Université Paris 8 and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Website

Ulises Mejias

is Associate Professor in the Communication Studies Department and Director of the Institute for Global Engagement at SUNY Oswego. His research interests include critical internet studies, network theory and science, philosophy and sociology of technology, and political economy of digital media. His first book, Off the Network: Disrupting the Digital World (UMinn Press) was published in 2013. His second book, (w/ Nick Couldry from the London School of Economics), The Costs of Connection: How Data is Colonizing Human Life and Appropriating it for Capitalism, will be published by Stanford UP in August 2019 (;  He holds an Ed.D. from Teachers College, Columbia University.


Yola Monakhov Stockton

directs the photography program at Buffalo State, where she is Assistant Professor.  A Russian-born artist working in photography and documentary practice, her work has been exhibited internationally, and is represented by Rick Wester Fine Art in New York. She has worked as a photojournalist throughout the Middle East, Central Asia, and former Soviet Union, and her work has appeared in numerous publications including Harper’s, The New York Times, and The New Yorker. Her monograph, The Nature of Imitation, was published by Schilt (Amsterdam). She received an M.A. in Italian Literature and M.F.A. in Visual Arts from Columbia University, and served as Harnish Visiting Artist at Smith College.

Asya Pereltsvaig

teaches linguistics at Santa Clara University. Her research interests are theoretical syntax, cross-linguistic typology, Slavic linguistics, and historical linguistics. Her recent books include: The Indo-European Controversy: Facts and Fallacies in Historical Linguistics (2015, with Martin Lewis) and Languages of the World: An Introduction (Second Edition, 2017). Her work has also appeared in Science, Natural Language and Linguistic Theory, Language and Linguistics Compass, and elsewhere. She has taught at Yale, Cornell, and Stanford. He holds a PhD in Linguistics from McGill University. Website

Asia Pietraszko

is Visiting Assistant Professor in the Department of Linguistics at the University of Connecticut. She works in syntax and morphology, with main focus on verbal morphosyntax in Bantu languages. She is interested in clausal architecture and phenomena underlying structure building, such as selection, displacement and agreement, and more specifically in verbal periphrasis and inflectional dependencies in multi-verb constructions. He other interests include nominalization, left-periphery phenomena, relativization and syntax-phonology interface. She received her PhD from the University of Chicago Linguistics Department. 

Omer Preminger

is an Associate Professor in the Department of Linguistics at the University of Maryland and a Research Assistant Professor at the Maryland Language Science Center. He is also Associate Director of the UMD-LSC Guatemala Field Station. His primary interests are in syntax and morphosyntax, and, more generally, any aspects of language that cannot be reduced to sound and meaning alone. The languages he has worked on most are Kaqchikel (Mayan) and Basque. His recent publications include Agreement and its failures (MIT Press, 2014). He holds a PhD in Linguistics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.


Martin Rohrmeier

studied musicology, philosophy, and mathematics at the University of Bonn and earned a MPhil and PhD in musicology at the University of Cambridge/UK. He was researcher at Microsoft Research, FU Berlin and the Massachussetts Institute of Technology. In October 2014 he joined TU Dresden as Open-Topic-professor for music cognition. Since 2017 he is Professor for Digital Musicology at the École Féderale Polytechnique de Lausanne, where he directs the Digital and Cognitive Musicology Lab (DCML, His main research interests are digital and cognitive musicology, corpus analysis, music theory and analysis, as well as philosophy of language and music.


Clemens Steiner-Mayr

currently holds a position in formal semantics/pragmatics at the University of Göttingen. He has published, among other topics, on focus, implicatures, questions, intervention effects and presuppositions. His main research question is how interpretative considerations constrain grammar. He received his PhD in Linguistics from Harvard University in 2010.

Sergei Tatevosov

is Associate Professor of Linguistics at the Department of Theoretical and Applied Linguistics at Moscow State University. Author of numerous book and articles, Prof. Tatevosov specializes in Pragmatics, Semantics, Syntax and the Syntax-Semantics Interface. He holds a PhD in Linguistics from Moscow State University.


Bekeh Ukelina

is an Assistant Professor of History at the State University of New York, Cortland. His research examines the ideologies and practices of development in Africa, South of the Sahara. He focuses primarily on understanding the interlocking layers of exploitation rooted in the colonial and new imperialist global systems. His recent book, The Second Colonial Occupation: Development Planning, Agriculture, and the Legacies of British Rule in Nigeria won the 2018 NYASA Book Award. Bekeh teaches courses in Global History, Development History, African history, Slavery, and Digital History. He is currently working on a book, The Miseducation of the African Child: Colonialism and the Legacies of Neoliberal Economics in Nigeria. He holds a PhD in History from West Virginia University.

Katharina Wiedlack

is FWF post-doc research fellow at the Department for English and American Studies, University of Vienna working on the construction of Russia within Western media.  Her research fields are popular culture, post-socialist, decolonial, queer and feminist theory, and disability studies.  She has published on US-American and Russian music cultures and productions, gender issues and disability in a global context.  She holds a PhD in English and American Studies from the University of Vienna.