- Nineteenth and twentieth-century Russian literature, especially the work of Fyodor Dostoevsky and Vladimir Nabokov
- Russian and East European cinema
- Richard Stites Scholar Award: Received at Southern Conference on Slavic Studies in Tuscaloosa, Alabama on March 18-19, 2016
- NEH Fellowship, 2008-9 (for Tolstoy and the Imperfections of Fiction)
- Postdoctoral Fellowship, ACLS/SSRC, 1996-7 (for Poverty of the Imagination)
- U.C. Berkeley Distinguished Graduate Student Instructor Award
- Phi Beta Kappa
- "Khadzhi-Murat's Silence." Slavic Review 64:1 (2005): 1-23.
- Poverty of the Imagination: 19th-Century Russian Literature About the Poor. Evanston, Northwestern University Press: 2001.