Rajesh Bhatt

is Professor of Linguistics at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. His interests include Syntax (agreement, relativization, comparatives, diachronic syntax, object shift and scrambling, verb-2nd phenomena), The syntax-semantics interface (infinitivals, crosslinguistic expression of obligation and possession, word order), Semantics (aspect, counterfactuals, degrees, modality, negation, questions), Indo-Aryan Languages (agreement, ergativity, correlatives, tense-aspect systems), and Computational Linguistics. He holds a PhD in Linguistics from the University of Pennsylvania.


Jonathan David Bobaljik

is Professor of Linguistics at the University of Connecticut. His theoretical interests include Morphology and Syntax. In addition, he has been involved in the documentation of endangeered languages, including field work with the Itelmen community on the Kamchatka Peninsula since 1993. His recent publications include Universals in Comparative Morphology: Suppletion, Superlatives, and the Structure of Words (MIT Press, 2012). He holds a PhD in Linguistics from the Massachusettes Institute of Technology.


Paul Buckingham

is an Associate Professor of History at the State University of New York College of Agriculture and Technology at Morrisville in the Department of Social Science. He teaches courses in the history of science and technology as well as general courses in World and European history. His research interests focus on the development of mathematics as an important tool to support scientific and technological development in industrializing societies, especially Russia. He holds a Ph.D. in History from Bowling Green State University for which he wrote a dissertation on the history of the Moscow Mathematical Society.


Veneeta Dayal

is Professor of Linguistics at Rutgers University. Her research focuses on semantics and the syntax-semantics interface, typically from a cross-linguistic perspective. Her articles have appeared in Linguistic Inquiry, Natural Language and Linguistic Theory, Linguistics and Philosophy and Natural Language Semantics on a range of topics: wh constructions, bare nominals, (in)definiteness, genericity, and free choice items. She is the author of Locality in Wh Quantification (Kluwer) and Questions (OUP) and co-editor of Clause Structure in South Asian Languages (Kluwer). She is now working on a book on (In)definiteness and Genericity: A Cross-linguistic Perspective. She holds a Ph.D. in Linguistics from Cornell University.

Heather D. DeHaan

is currently the Director of Russian and East European Studies as well as Associate Professor of History at Binghamton University. She has recently published a monograph about the politics of urban planning in Stalin’s Russia and is now conducting a study of neighborhood life in Baku, Azerbaijan, in the Soviet period. Her teaching interests encompass Russia, Soviet, and East European history, as well as the history of the city.  She holds a PhD n History from the Universty of Toronto.


Robyn Stein DeLuca

is a Lecturer in Women’s and Gender Studies at Stony Brook University.  Her interests are in the psychology of women’s reproductive health, and more recently have expanded to include feminist theology as it relates to Judaism, Christianity, and Islam.  She teaches courses in women and religion, gender and the psychology of reproduction, and research methods in women’s and gender studies. Her research has been published in the Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, and Social Science and Medicine.  She holds a Ph.D. in Social/Health Psychology from Stony Brook University.

Miloje Despić

is Assistant Professor of Linguistics at Cornell University. His research interests include Syntax. Morphology, Semantics, Interfaces, Sociolinguistics, and Language and Gender. He has publishded in Linguistic Inquiry, Syntax and oher prominent venues. He holds a PhD in Linguistics from the University of Connecticut.


janet Dean Fodor

is Professor of Linguistics at the City University of New York Graduate Center. She is interested in cross-linguistic studies of sentence processing and prosody; implicit prosody in silent reading; learnability theory; simulation studies of syntactic parameter setting. She holds a Ph.D. in Linguistics from MIT.


Jerry Fodor

is State of New Jersey Professor of Philosophy at Rutgers University. He is interested in most areas of the philosophy of mind (except theories of consciousness) and in cognitive psychology. His research for the last decade has been largely concerned with the nature of concepts insofar as it is illuminated by the compositionality of human conceptual systems. Since he thinks that the function of language is to express thoughts and that words meanings are (roughly) concepts, he is interested in works in linguistics and the philosophy of language insofar as they bear on topics like analyticity, the character of lexical content, and the arguments pro and con `lexical decomposition' in syntax. He holds a Ph.D. in Philosophy from Princeton University


Robert Hoberman

is Professor of Linguistics at Stony Brook University. He works on the morphologies and phonologies of Semitic languages, focusing on Arabic, Hebrew, and Aramaic in both their classical and modern, colloquial varieties. Other interests include (in various overlapping circles) writing systems, comparative Semitic linguistics, the phonological history of Yiddish, Jewish interlinguistics, and ethnic, linguistic, and religious minorities in the Middle East. He holds a PhD in Linguistics from the University of Chicago.

James R. Hurford

is Professor Emeritus at Edinburgh University. His research into the origins and evolution of language takes insights and data from anthropology, psychology, neuroscience, genetics, AI and philosophy. This integrates the work of linguists studying words and sentences out of their communicative context, psycholinguists and neuroscientists investigating the brain processes underlying language use, and anthropologists and sociolinguists who emphasize how language is embedded in social groups. His many books include The Origins of Grammar (2011), The Origins of Meaning (2007) and The Origins of Language: A Slim Guide (2014). He holds a PhD in Linguistics from University College, London.


Heidi Hutner

is Associate Professor of Sustainability and English at Stony Brook University. Dr. Hutner teaches and writes about eco-feminism, eco-criticism, and environmental justice in literature, media and film. Hutner's forthcoming book entitled, Polluting Mama: An Ecofeminist Cultural Memoir (Demeter, 2013), looks at U.S. maternal anti-nuclear history, film, and literature, and her own and mother's activist stories from the 1950s through the present. Hutner's other academic interests include literature, race, and feminist history of women writers from a variety of literary periods--from the English Restoration to the present. She is the editor and author of the collection Rereading Aphra Behn: History Theory and Criticism (Virgnia UP, 1993), Colonial Women (Oxford UP, 2003), and she edited the recent edition of Frances Sheridan's, The Memoirs of Miss Sidney Bidulph (Broadview, 2011). She holds a PhD in English from the University of Washington.


Sabine Iatridou

is Professor of Linguistics in the Department of Linguistics and Philosophy at MIT, where she also received her PhD in 1991. Her research areas are syntax and semantics. Some recent publications include "The Grammatical Ingredients of Counterfactuality" in Linguistic Inquiry (2000),"Some Observations about the Form and Meaning of the Perfect" in Ken Hale: A Life in Language (2002), "Epistemic Containment" in Linguistic Inquiry (with Kai von Fintel) (2003), "Anatomy of a Modal Construction" in Linguistic Inquiry (with Kai von Fintel) (2007), and "Negative DPs, A-Movement, and Scope Diminishment" in Linguistic Inquiry (with Ivy Sichel) (2011).


Laura Kalin

is Assistant Professor of Linguistics at Princeton University. Her theoretical interests lie in syntax and morphology, with a special affinity for agreement, aspect, alignment splits, and Differential Object Marking. Her current work focuses on Neo-Aramaic languages, but she has also worked on Hixkaryana (Carib) and Malagasy (Austronesian), and has recently started exploring Indo-Iranian languages. She holds a PhD in linguistics from the University of California, Los Angeles.


Izabela Kalinowska-Blackwood

is Associate Professor of Slavic Studies at Stony Brook University. She specializes in Polish and Russian nineteenth-century literatures, and East-Central European cinema. She teaches courses in film studies, cultural studies, and literature. She is the author of Between East and West: Polish and Russian Nineteenth-Century Travel to the Orient (University of Rochester Press, 2004). She holds a Ph.D. in Slavic Literature from Yale University.


Konstantine Klioutchkine

is Associate Professor of German and Russian at Pomona College. He works in the fields of media studies and cultural history. He has published on Dostoevsky, Nekrasov and Rozanov, on the history of the press and the culture of print, as well as on television series and cartoons. He holds a Ph.D in Literature from the University of California, Berkeley

Maria Kuvaldina

is a Cognitive Psychologist affiliated with SUNY Farmingdale St. Petersburg State University. Her research focus is on computational models of attention and perception, and consciousness studies. She has also worked as a post-doctoral researcher at the New School for Social Research, USA (cognitive psychology), University of Turku, Finland (eye movement analysis) and University of Helsinki, Finland (applied physics). She holds a PhD in Psychology from St. Petersburg State University.

Bradley Larson

Bradley Larson is a post-doctoral researcher at Harvard University. His research concerns syntactic structure building and its relation to semantics, morphology, and online parsing. In particular he works on coordination, adjunction, ellipsis, and movement. He has published work on Slavic, Austronesian, and Germanic languages. He holds a Ph.D. in Linguistics from the University of Maryland, awarded in 2013. He has published in such journals as Linguistic Inquiry, Lingua, and the Journal of Slavic Linguistics.

Barbara LeSavoy

is Director and faculty of Women and Gender Studies at The College at Brockport (SUNY). She teaches courses in feminist theory; sex and gender representations across cultures; race, class, and gender identity; and a capstone senior seminar in women and gender. Her research areas include women’s global human rights, gender and popular culture, intersectionality and educational equity, and women’s stories as feminist standpoint. LeSavoy chairs the Rochester/Novgorod sister city Linkages Women's Partnership Committee. She holds a PhD in Higher Education with a focus on Women in Education from the University at Buffalo.


Danijela Lugaric

is Chair of the Institute of Literary Studies at Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences in Zagreb. She has been teaching at the Russian Literary Section since 2005. Her interests include cultural studies, Russian postmodernism, popular culture in late Soviet socialism, narrativization of emotions and trauma in post-war and post-socialist cultures, women’s stories from the standpoint of body memory. She underwent professional training at the University of Konstanz (2004), University of Sankt-Petersburg (2006), and at the University of California, Berkeley (2011). She published a book on Russian sang poetry (2011), and articles on contemporary Russian and Croatian poets and prose writers. She holds a PhD from the University of Zagreb.


Evie Malaia

is an assistant professor in the Center for Mind, Brain, and Education at the University of Texas at Arlington. Her work utilizes EEG and fMRI and motion capture techniques to investigate the neural basis for language processing and the effect of linguistic experience on visual processing, memory, and executive control in bilingual readers, sign language users, and children with Autism Spectrum Disorders. She holds a Ph.D. from Purdue University.


Derek C. Maus

teaches contemporary literature at the State University of New York at Potsdam, a small town between the Saint Lawrence River and the Adirondack Mountains in extreme northern New York. He is an Associate Professor, and has published several scholarly books on satire in contemporary literature, including one on the role of subversive satire in Russian and American literature during the Cold War. When he is not working in Potsdam, he lives with his wife, two dogs and two cats in Montréal, Canada, because the food and the hockey is better there.  He holds a PhD in English from the University of North Carolina.


Xhercis Méndez

is Assistant Professor of Philosophy and African American and African Studies at Michigan State University.  Her research brings together Women of Color and Decolonial Feminisms, Sexuality Studies, and Afro-Latinx/diasporic Religion and Philosophies to develop decolonial feminist methodologies that address and transform racialized gender violence. She is author of “Notes Toward a Decolonial Feminist Methodology: The Race/Gender Matrix Revisited” (2015) and is working on her manuscript entitled, An Other Humanity: Decolonizing Feminism through Methodological Interventions from the Dark Side. She holds a PhD in Philosophy and Certificates in Feminist Theory and Latin American and Caribbean Area Studies from SUNY Binghamton. 

Donna Jo Napoli

is professor of Linguistics at Swarthmore College. As a linguist, she is active on three prongs. Her theory research examines every component of the grammars of sign languages. Her "give-back-to-the-community" work involves participation in producing bilingual-bimodal ebooks to promote preliteracy skills in deaf children. Her activism work involves protecting the language rights of deaf children by writing articles with a team addressing the responsibilities of medical professionals. Beyond this, she writes books for children, from preschool through high school. She holds a PhD in Romance Languages from Harvard.


Rita Nazami

teaches in the Writing & Rhetoric Program at SUNY-Stony Brook where she focuses on global issues, visual rhetoric, the personal essay, and postcolonial Anglophone and Francophone literatures.
     Educated in London, Moscow, Barcelona and Paris, Nezami earned her PhD in literature from the University of Texas at Dallas. Speaking seven languages and translating from four, she has taught languages and international literature for more than 20 years.
     Nezami received her undergraduate and graduate degrees in Russian language and literature from Moscow State University.

Kathleen OConnor-Bater

is Chair of the Modern Languages Department at SUNY College at Old Westbury. Her research concerns cognitive linguistics related to Spanish in everyday language and literary works. Her interest in metaphor has been the motivation for experimenting in cognitive approaches to translation. In her current project, a cognitive biography of Nicaraguan poet, Ruben Dario, she explores the events and experiences that have shaped the poet’s conscious sense of the ideal. Her bilingual anthology of Dario’s poems in translation will be published by Edwin Mellen Press this year. She holds a PhD in Spanish Linguistics from Columbia.

Roumyana Pancheva

is Associate Professor of Linguistics and Slavic Languages and Literatures at the University of Southern California. Her research interests are in comparative syntax, in both a synchronic and historical perspective, and on the interface between syntax and semantics. It employs formal modeling, cross-linguistic comparison from a synchronic and diachronic perspective, and neurolinguistic experimentation. She holds a Ph.D. in Linguistics from the University of Pennsylvania.


Denis Paperno

is researcher of the Loria (Lorraine Lab of Computer Science and its Applications) at CNRS (the National Center of Scientific Research). His interests include computational and formal semantics, including distributional semantics, semantic composition, quantification, coordination, and semantic and pragmatic alternatives. With Ed Keenan, he edits the Handbook of Quantifiers in Natural Language (2012, 2017). He has worked on English, Russian, Beng (Mande, Côte d'Ivoire) Q'anjob'al (Mayan, Guatemala) and other languages. He holds a PhD in Linguistics from the University of California Los Angeles.

Maria Polinsky

is Professor of Linguistics at the University of Maryland. Her research focuses on the intersection of theoretical syntax and the study of cross-linguistic variation in sentence structure. Language-wise, she specializes in Austronesian and languages of the Caucasus. These days she divides her time between theoretical and experimental work on long-distance dependencies, ergativity, and subject island effects. She has also studied language universals and their explanation, the expression of information structure in natural language and incomplete acquisition (heritage language).


Philippe Schlenker

is Director of Research at The Cognitive Studies Department of the Institut Jean-Narod at l'École Normale Supérieure in Paris.  He is also Global Distinguished Professor of Linguistics at New York University. His research interests include Semantics, Pragmatics; Philosophy of Language; Philosophical Logic; Syntax, Morphology. Recent research projects involv sign language semantics and indexicals.  He holds a PhD in Linguistics from MIT and a PhD in Philosophy from l'École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales, Paris. 



Irina Sekerina

is Associate Professor of Linguistics and Psychology at the City University of New York, College of Staten Island. Her interests include Experimental Psychology and Theoretical Linguistics. Author of numerous articles on experimental psycholinguistics, Prof. Sekerina is co-editor of Developmental Psycholinguistics: On-Line Methods in Children’s Language Processing (2008). She holds a Ph.D. in Linguistics from both Moscow State Unversity and the CUNY Graduate Center.


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.


Marc van Oostendorp

is a linguist working at the Meertens Instituut of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences and at Leiden University.   His research interests are Phonological Thoery, Esperanto,  He is the author of Phonological Projection. A Theory of Feature Content and Prosodic Structure Berlin, Mouton De Gruyter (2000) and many other works.  He has held visiting lectureships at universities in Essex; Toronto; Amherst, Massachusetts; Tromsø, Trondheim, Verona and Barcelona.  He holds a PhD in Linguistics from Tilburg University.


Mitja Velikonja

is Professor for Cultural Studies, head of the Center for Cultural and Religious Studies and coordinator of the Balkan Studies Doctoral Program at the University of Ljubljana. His main research interests include Central-European and Balkan political ideologies, subcultures and urban cultures, collective memory and post-socialist nostalgia. His monographs include Rock'n'Retro - New Yugoslavism in Contemporary Slovenian Music (2013), Titostalgia – A Study of Nostalgia for Josip Broz (2008), Eurosis – A Critique of the New Eurocentrism (2005) and Religious Separation and Political Intolerance in Bosnia-Herzegovina (2003). He holds a PhD from the University of Ljubljana.

Stewart Weaver

is Professor of History and Chair of the History Department at the University of Rochester. His research occupies the broad intersection of political, intellectual, and industrial history. In collaboration with Maurice Isserman he has just completed a history of Himalayan exploration and mountaineering. He is the author of two other books and numerous scholarly articles. He teaches surveys of English, Irish, and Indian history and seminars on topics ranging from The Industrial Revolution to the First World War. Website

Susi Wurmbrand

is Professor of Linguistics at the University of Connecticut.  Her research specialty is theoretical syntax and the syntax-semantics interface. Current research topics include quantifier scope, the nature of syntactic computations and dependencies (Merge, Agree, locality), as well as a large-scale cross-linguistic study of infinitives, restructuring, and backward control and raising (covering several Germanic, Romance, Slavic, Austronesian, East-Asian languages, Greek, Itelmen, and Arabic). She holds a PhD in Linguistics from MIT