Research and Creative InterestsArea studies and anthropology; yoga, photography, travel,
I completed an undergraduate degree at NYU (Magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa) in Italian Cinema Studies and Economics (Honors Thesis: “Social and Economic Aspects of Italian Neo-Realism, a Comparison Between Fellini’s La Dolce Vita and Principles of Erich Fromm’s Humanistic Philosophy”). Before moving to Bloomington, I worked as a legal assistant in a boutique trust and estates law firm, and thereafter as an electronic discovery paralegal for another prominent law firm. The combination of these experiences, and particularly my background in law, evolved into my present academic interest: digital privacy through the lens of legal anthropology. I completed a dual degree in law and area studies, at the Maurer School of Law and the Russian and East European Institute (REEI). As a PhD student in Media School, I study subjects relevant to digital privacy and laws that affect it, and, broadly, our contemporary perceptions of privacy.
Recent Projects: US-Russia Social Expertise Exchange (S.E.E.) Fellow, Moscow, Russia. I completed the S.E.E. (Social Exchange and Expertise) Fellowship in Moscow at the start of 2014. During this Program, I collaborated with Moscow-based human rights NGO “Public Verdict Foundation." While a Fellow at the “Public Verdict,” I attended various civil movement events in order to identify best strategies for the public to engage in legal processes against police violations. I interviewed well-regarded Moscow and St. Petersburg human rights experts and legal professionals to identify major strengths and weaknesses in police oversight in the contemporary Russia. I also participated in various ABA-ROLI conferences targeting exchange of professional and academic expertise between the western (US, UK, France) and Russian scholars. One of the particularly satisfying aspects of my fellowship was my interactions with the “Public Verdict” professionals. It was invaluable to live in Moscow and to work with such well-regarded NGO as the “Public Verdict” at such formative times.