Since I was in high school, I was torn between my interests in hard sciences and the humanities. I went to study at the Faculty of Physics at St. Petersburg State University but a year later changed it for the Faculty of Philology from which I graduated in 1998 majoring in Russian Literature and where in 2001 I defended my dissertation titled Deconstruction and Classical Russian Literature.
My interest in theory brought me to a PhD program in the multi- and interdisciplinary Department of Rhetoric at the University of California, Berkeley where in 2016 I received my PhD with a designated emphasis in Film Studies with a dissertation Trauma and Ideology in Soviet Film, 1929-1945. Following this, I became a Mellon postdoctoral fellow at the Society of Fellows in the Humanities at Columbia University. In 2009-2011 I was a Newton international research fellow of the British Academy at the University of Sheffield.
After teaching for a year at the Council for International Educational Exchange in St. Petersburg, in 2012 I moved to Moscow to work as an associate professor in SKOLKOVO Education Development Center at Moscow School of Management SKOLKOVO. SEDeC primarily deals with university governance and strategic management, so I effectively moved from a position of a faculty member to the position of someone who works with university administrations helping them transform their institutions. At SKOLKOVO, I have led project work in numerous integrated educational programs and strategy sessions for the leaders of many dozens of Russian universities, something I continue doing on a part-time basis. My experience there was encapsulated in an open online course Universities: Transformational Governance.
In 2016, I took up a position of a founding director of the School of Advanced Studies at the University of Tyumen, which gave me an opportunity to implement some of the ideas I developed over many years of working in and with research universities.