Thank you for visiting my personal site! I am a writer, musician, podcaster, and graduate student at the University of Texas at Austin. Having spent nearly two decades as a performing artist, I am now combining my passion for connecting with global audiences through music with my deep love of Russian history, language, and culture. Delving into the history of radio broadcasting to the Soviet sphere, I cover communications during World War II and the Cold War and have thus developed an interest in the policy aspects of modern media.
In tandem with my research, I have launched an international academic podcast for the Center for Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies called The Slavic Connexion (visit http://www.slavxradio.com) which has listeners in over 45 countries worldwide. I now use the show as a model for other podcasts I have been spearheading to build “sound networks”, principled on the radio diplomacy ideas of the late George F. Kennan.