FELLOWSHIPS, AWARDS, & RESEARCH GRANTS

Phi Beta Kappa
New York Public Library Scholar (2017-18, 2018-19)
American Councils Eastern Europe Research Fellow 
U.S. Faculty Fulbright Fellow 
IDEA Award for East European Studies, Critical Languages Institute Tempe, AZ

American Council of Learned Societies, East European Grant  
Comparative Language Institute Grant
Quin Morton Fellowship, Princeton University
Princeton University Summer Research Grant 
Committee for European Studies Research Fellow
Princeton Comparative Literature Research Grant 
Princeton Department of French Studies Grant 
Princeton GAA
Summer Research Fellowship 
Council on Regional Studies Summer Grant
French-Language Scholarship, Middlebury College 
Doctoral Fellowship, Princeton University 
Rotary Foundation International Ambassadorial Peace Scholarship (Northern Ireland)​    

TEACHING AWARDS

Outstanding Professor Award, California State University Dominguez Hills (2014)

Award for Excellence in Teaching, NYU (2009, 2008, 2007, 2006) 

With Former US Ambassador to Albania, Alexander Arvizu

California State University Dominguez Hills 2005-2019

Associate Professor or Literature and the Humanities

With Albania's leading novelist, Ismail Kadare 

With students at Marin Barleti University (Guest lecturer)

FULBRIGHT YEAR in TIRANA, ALBANIA 

Visiting Professor in the Department of English, University of Tirana

​2019 Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival Region II
Playwriting Workshop: 

Making Something out of Nothing: Foolproof methods for stimulating ideas 

NEW YORK UNIVERSITY 2006-2013

Associate Lecturer

​​KIMBERLY KALAJA

Princeton University 1996-2005

Lecturer & Quin Morton Fellow