Originally from Vermont, I migrated around various parts of the world before settling with my family in northern Israel.
My academic background is in History and Political Science: B.A. and M.A. from McGill University (Montréal) and Ph.D. from Georgetown University (Washington, D.C.).
I have always been fascinated by language, thought patterns, and the interaction between texts and beliefs – and my historical research continues to explore these themes.
My current professional activities revolve around four positions:
My book Orthodox Russia in Crisis: Church and Nation in the Time of Troubles won Honorable Mention in the 2012 Distinguished Scholarship Award of the Early Slavic Studies Association.
My most recent articles include:
- “Jewish History in Patriarchal Muscovy: Toward an Understanding of Old and New Jerusalems,” in Russia’s Early Modern Orthodox Patriarchate, vol. 1: Foundations and Mitred Royalty, 1589–1647, ed. Kevin M. Kain & David Goldfrank (London: Academica, 2020): 71-116
For a C.V. and full list of publications, please see my page on Academia.edu.