I was born in Odessa, Ukraine.  My parents and I immigrated to the United States in 1989.  I lived in New York City for over 20 years, attending Stuyvesant High School, New York University, and the CUNY Graduate Center.  

In 2011, I received my PhD from the Philosophy program at the City University of New York (CUNY) Graduate Center. I was also in the Cognitive Science Concentration, and have been an active participant in the Linguistics program at CUNY.  In 2012-13 I was a Visiting Assistant Professor at Hamilton College.   In August 2013, I became Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Kent State University.

My academic interests are at the interface between analytic philosophy and cognitive science.  A central goal of my research is to clarify and extend our understanding of the varieties of mental representation--subpersonal, sensory, perceptual, and propositional--by drawing on tools from linguistics, psychology, philosophy of language, and philosophy of mind.

My personal interests include biking and listening to a wide variety of music.  I also write, play, and record my own music.