Aaron Thompson has been a PhD student in the Slavic Languages & Literatures department at the University of Virginia since 2018. His research interests include Russian and Polish cultural and intellectual history between 1850 and 1925, particularly the interaction between literature, philosophy, and religion, the history of the Russian Orthodox Church, digital Humanities tool development for distance reading, and second language pedagogy, particularly with the aid of digital tools.
Personal past and ongoing projects include: F. Tiutchev's Legacy in the Philosophy and Inspired Literatures of the Slavophiles , the Mysticism of V.S. Solov'ëv in Blok's Modernist Poetry, The Orthodox Reaction to Bolshevism and the Soviet State, The Cultural Imaginations of Architects of Soviet State Apparatus (DH), Virtual Reality in the L2 Classroom
Before coming to Virginia, Aaron lived in Almaty, Kazakhstan while managing a small educational consulting business. He received his undergraduate degrees in Russian and anthropology from the University of Arizona in 2015. In his free time, he rides his motorcycle, listens to podcasts, and works to improve his knowledge of various natural, programming, and webdev languages.
Aaron is happy to be a part of the Russian NLP team with Stanford organizers and collaborators from around the world. He looks forward to contributing to the important BookNLP for Russian project as a way of developing the DH and NLP presence in the Russosphere.