As the chair of Pitt's Department of Slavic Literatures and Languages, Dr. Birmbaum, has been awarded a substantial grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities.
Her work, with Vladimir Padunov and separately, has appeared in The Nation, The Washington Post, October, New Left Review, Sight and Sound, and PMLA, as well as major Russian cultural journals.
Current projects include field survey and excavations of Bronze Age settlements and cemeteries in the Southern Ural Mountains, Russia.
Current work includes The Antagonistic Tolerance Project, a comparative and interdisciplinary study of religious sites that are both shared and contested by members of different religious communities.
Current projects include a study abroad program in ethnomusicology, "Romani Music, Culture, and Human Rights in the Czech Republic and Hungary."
As Director of the Annual Russian Film Symposium, Dr. Padunov has built Pitt's Russian film holdings into the largest collection outside of Russia.