I received my MA (1992) and PhD (1997) from the University of Tartu (Estonia). I taught at the University of Tartu from 1990 to 2002. From 2002 I have been teaching at the University of Alberta.
My research areas include: the history of Russian religious art (17th and 18th centuries); the official culture of the Russian Empire in the 18th century; the history of the Russian Imperial calendar; and the major themes and poetics of Russian odes. I also supervise PhD students in the areas of symbolic geographies and themes of Russian Orthodoxy in contemporary Russian literature.
Intended for students with no previous knowledge of the language and designed to develop basic skills: listening, reading, speaking, writing, and intercultural competence. Note: not to be taken by students with native or near native proficiency, or with Russian 30 or its equivalents in Canada and other countries.