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.


Amelia Glaser

is Associate Professor of Russian and Comparative Literature at UCal, San Diego, and an award-winning translator.  Her research and teaching interests include Russian literature and film, transnational Jewish literature, the literatures of Ukraine, the literature of immigration to the US, the Russian critical tradition, and translation theory and practice. She is the author of numerous scholarly articles,  as well as Jews and Ukrainians in Russia’s Literary Borderlands: From the Shtetl Fair to the Petersburg Bookshop. (Northwestern U Press, 2012) and the forthcoming Comintern Aesthetics (Toronto U Press) (with Steven Lee). She holds a PhD in Comparative Literature from Stanford.


Eugene Hammond

is 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.

Samuel Jay Keyser

is Professor of Linguistics, Emeritus, at MIT.  His reserach interests range from Phonology to Metrics to the Cognitive Science of Art.  He is the author of dozens of significant books and articles in Linguistics and beyond, indcluding Prolegomenon to a Theory of Argument Structure, with Kenneth Hale, published in 2002., as well as works of fiction, cognitive sceince and a history of MIT.  He is also an accomplished musician. His most recent book, The Mental Life of Modernism, came out in 2020. He holds a PhD in Linguistics from Yale.

Leah Lowe

is Associate Professor of Theatre, Drama and Dramturgy, and Department Chair at Vanderbilt University where she teaches classes in directing and in creating original performance work. She directs plays professionally in Nashville and beyond. She particularly enjoys collaborating with playwrights and actors on the development of new texts. Her scholarly research interests include contemporary American drama, nineteenth century American audience cultures, and performance art. She holds an MFA in Directing from the University of Minnesota and a Ph.D. in dramaturgy from The Florida State University School of Theater. Website

Anna Maslennikova

is a Professor of Instruction in Russian at the University of Rochester and a full professor in the Department of English Philology at Saint Petersburg University, Russia, as well as co-director of the New York Summer Institute of Cognitive and Cultural Studies. She is the author of The Linguistic Interpretation of Implied Meanings (Saint Petersburg UP, 1999) and numerous articles in Linguistics and American Studies. She holds a PhD in Literature from St. Petersburg State University. Website

James McFarland

was educated at Oberlin College, the Christian-Albrechts-Universität zu Kiel, and Princeton University, and has taught at Connecticut College and Vanderbilt University, where he is an Associate Professor of German, Cinema and Media Arts. He has worked on Weimar and Frankfurt School cultural criticism, the image of the flesh-eating zombie, and contemporary philological practice. He is the co-editor of The Modern Challenge to Tradition: Fragmente eines Buchs, volume 6 of the new Critical Edition of Hannah Arendt’s Works, and the author of Constellation: Friedrich Nietzsche and Walter Benjamin in the Now-Time of History. Together with his wife Leah Lowe he participated in several earlier incarnations of the New York Institute (2007-2009). Website

Yola Monakhov Stockton

directs the photography program at SUNY Buffalo State, where she is Assistant Professor.  She has worked as a photojournalist throughout the Middle East, Central Asia, and former Soviet Union, and her work has appeared in 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.

Olga Sapanzha

is Professor of Culturology and Art at the Department of Art history, Institute of Art Education at The Herzen State Pedagogical University, St. Petersburg.  She is also General Director of the private Museum “XX years after the War.The Museum of everyday culture of Leningrad 1945-1965” . Her resarch intersts include museum studies, culturology, ballet, and cultural industries. She has won various city and national prizes in cultural studies and a graduate of the Fulbright program. She is the author of dozens of scientific articles and several monopraphs. She holds a PhD from St. Petersburg State University.

Tracey Walters

is an Associate Professor of Literature in the Department of Africana Studies at Stony Brook University where she also holds an affiliate appointment with the Department of English, and Women’s and Gender Studies. Dr. Walters has published numerous articles on Black women’s literature and three books: African American Women and the Classicists Tradition: Black Women Writers from Wheatley to Morrison (2007), an edited collection Zadie Smith: Critical Essays (2008), and an ebook Zadie Smith (2012). Forthcoming: Not Your Mother’s Mammy: The Representation of the Domestic in Transatlantic Media (Rutgers Press), and Zadie Smith Decoded (forthcoming). Walters is co-host of the podcast: Black Girls with Accents.


Saul Noam Zaritt

is an Associate Professor of Yiddish Literature at Harvard University, in the departments of Comparative Literature and Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations. His book, Jewish American Writing and World Literature: Maybe to Millions, Maybe to Nobody, came out in 2020 with Oxford University Press. He is a founding editor of In geveb, an open-access digital journal of Yiddish Studies. He holds a PhD in Jewish literature from The Jewish Theological Seminary, in NY.