Welcome! I very much look forward to meeting you soon! I am a faculty member in the Princeton Writing Program, a Freshman Scholars Institute instructor, and a sociologist of migration, with special interests in immigration policy and immigrant integration. My current research project examines the relationship between heritage language bilingualism (made up of a home language and the dominant language of a host society) and self-identification among children of immigrants in Spain. The recent and fast transformation of Spain from an emigrant nation into an immigrant nation makes this study particularly timely and exciting. My previous research project centered on the United States; it investigated language change within immigrant families, particularly in child-parent interactions. Although my own work is based primarily on statistical analysis, I thoroughly enjoy reading about qualitative studies and systematically rely on their findings.
Originally from Russia, I received my Ph.D. in sociology from the University of Chicago, where I also taught and conducted research with the Cultural Policy Center. My husband and I, and our two children, have been living in Princeton since 2012 – and we greatly enjoy the opportunities for running, hiking, and camping that Princeton and the East coast have to offer!