Born and raised in sunny Los Angeles, Emily has spent most of her academic career on the East Coast, earning her B.A. in Slavic Studies from Columbia University in 2013 and her M.A. in Russian Literature from Harvard University in 2019. Emily has received numerous awards for her academic work, including the Harvard University Presidential Scholarship, the Bayara Aroutunova Graduate Student Essay Prize, and the Harvard GSAS Merit Fellowship. In 2019, she was awarded a dissertation research fellowship from Harvard’s Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies to pursue a year-long archival project in Moscow and Saint Petersburg. Her dissertation explores receptions of the magic lantern in Russian literature and culture.
While Emily’s current research focuses on Russian studies, the English Romantics (Wordsworth, Coleridge, Shelley and Keats) were her first literary loves. Her work is highly comparative and interdisciplinary in nature, examining the intersections of literature, visual culture, and gender studies. She has over a decade of teaching and tutoring experience in English as a Second Language, expository writing, college admissions, English literature, and Russian literature and culture. Emily has taught students from diverse social, cultural and academic backgrounds at the high school, undergraduate and graduate levels. Above all, she believes that learning is an ongoing process of exploration and discovery. Emily brings this inquisitive, open-minded approach to her work with students. A great teacher, she feels, asks questions first and offers answers later, opening a dialogue with students to help them achieve creative independence in their work.
When not teaching, reading or writing, Emily enjoys gardening, hiking, and sharing laughs with family and friends. She is an avid meditator and a student of many mystical and occult traditions. Outside her identity as an academic, Emily loves learning about astrology, tarot, and Jungian depth psychology.