SAS people

At the moment SAS employs full-time faculty from 10 countries, the majority of whom received their PhDs from universities ranked in the top 100 in the world (according to THE and QS World University Rankings)

visiting faculty
former faculty (2017-2023)
research fields
Aleksey Lysenko

Aleksey Lysenko is a co-founder and assistant director of the Institute of Emerging Technologies “School X.”  In his past career, he was the head of the robotics resource center at the Don State Technical University (Rostov-on Don, Russia).

Andrey Shcherbenok
literature, film studies, higher education

After finishing a high school with extensive training in physics and mathematics in Saint Petersburg and the first year at the Faculty of Physics at Saint Petersburg State University, Andrey Shcherbenok moved to the Faculty of Philology at the same university. He graduated with the Specialist’s degree in 1998 and defended his Candidate’s of Science dissertation titled “Deconstruction and Classical Russian Literature” in 2001.

Ashraf Ismail

Ashraf Ismail received his PhD from Cornell University (USA) in 2008. He specializes in Monetary Economics, Quantitative Finance and Applied Game Theory. He has more than 20 years of experience teaching Economics and Finance at several universities across the United States, Asia, and Europe.

Birol Baskan
international relations

Birol Baskan received his PhD in Political Science from Northwestern University in 2006 and has since then taught various political science courses in different higher education institutions.

Vladimir Orlov

Vladimir Orlov is a PhD in musicology from Cambridge University successfully defending the dissertation «Soviet Cantatas and Oratorios by Sergei Prokofiev in Their Social and Cultural Context» His research interests include a variety of topics such as Russian cultural history (the 19th Century, fin-de-siècle, Soviet and post-Soviet culture), and recently the psychology of music, and music education.

Devin Wangert
theories of technological development

Devin Wangert is a Canadian scholar who holds a PhD from Harvard University in Visual Studies. He also holds an MA in Media and Communications from the European Graduate School and a BA in Film Studies and Cultural Studies from McGill University.

Kimberly Mc Cabe

Kimberly Mc Cabe, Ph.D., is a Professor of Criminology at the University of Lynchburg in Virginia. Her academic degrees include the disciplines of sociology, criminal justice, and mathematics with academic affiliations with University of South Carolina, Virginia Tech, University of Michigan, and Harvard University.

Maksim Semyonov

Associate Professor of the Department of General and Economic Sociology of the Financial and Economic Institute of the University of Tyumen, received a higher education in the direction of “State and Municipal Administration” at UTMN in 2012.

Marina Giltman

Marina Giltman graduated from the University of Tyumen in 2000. Her specialization was Management of Regional Economy. After graduation she worked as a specialist in the Committee of International Trade and Foreign Affairs in Tyumen regional government.

Peter Lešnik
film and media studies

Born in Slovenia, Peter Lešnik obtained his bachelor’s and master’s degrees at Ca’ Foscari University of Venice (Italy). In 2019, he earned his Ph.D. in cinema and media studies from the University of Pennsylvania (USA). He is currently transforming his dissertation into a book manuscript, focusing on Michelangelo Antonioni’s screen adaptations of literary texts.

Rafael Contreras Luna
international relations

Dr. Rafael Contreras Luna is a Mexican scholar who received in 2017 his PhD from Durham University, United Kingdom. He holds a master’s degree from Saint Petersburg State University and a bachelor’s degree from Ibero-American University, Mexico City.

Xindi Li
media archeology

Xindi is a PhD candidate in History of Consciousness at the University of California, Santa Cruz, where she currently holds an MA. She also holds a BA in English: Cultural Studies and East Asian Studies from McGill University in Montréal.

Tamara Ivanova

Tamara received a Master's Degree in International Financial Law in Moscow State Institute of International Relations (MGIMO) of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. In her Master Thesis, written in cooperation with the University of Calgary (Canada), Tamara researched aspects of taxation regulation of Oil & Gas industries in Russia and Canada.

Eva Burbo
international law

Eva is heavily involved in the strategic development of the School’s educational activities. In cooperation with SAS professors, she develops academic programs at SAS. Moreover, she is responsible for education quality assurance. Eva leads the organization of special academic events at SAS, such as the “You. University. Future” Intensive competition for prospective students, the Summer School for high school students, SAS “Excellence Track” honors program, the “City as a Text” course, joint modules with the SKOLKOVO School of Management. She also is involved in new faculty search and hiring in Russia and abroad.

Emile Alexandrov

Emile Alexandrov studied philosophy at the University of Notre Dame (Australia). The primary focus of his bachelor’s and master’s degrees was on German and Greek philosophy, especially Heidegger and Classical Greece. His Doctoral work shifted his focus towards Neoplatonism and the problem of non-discursive thinking throughout late Antiquity and early Middle Ages.