I am an Associate Professor in Russian Cultural Studies and World Cinemas,School of Modern Languages and Cultures. I have worked at the University of Leeds since 2006; in 2005-06 I had temporary jobs at London universities, including the School of Slavonic and East European Studies, University College London. Prior to that, I was a Visiting Assistant Professor in the Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures of the University of Pittsburgh, USA. I started my academic career at the University of Voronezh, Russia, where I taught literature, cultural and communication studies and served as Deputy Head of the School of European Languages and Cultures between 1995 and 2003. In 2010, I was a research fellow at the Aleksanteri Institute of the University of Helsinki.
My research interests include contemporary film, animation, digital media, especially the internet, and popular culture; digital and web-induced arts, especially the issues of medium; digital television, computer gaming; issues of space and authorship, and national identity in literature, cinema and art.