Denis Akhapkin is a professor in Smolny Faculty of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Saint-Petersburg State University, where he also directs the Centre for Writing and Critical Thinking and is responsible for the core curriculum. In 2012-2016 he served as the Smolьny’s deputy dean for education.
His research interests include modern Russian literature with an emphasis on poetry and poetics, literary linguistics, and cognitive literature studies. He was a visiting research fellow at Helsinki University Collegium (2007), as well as at The Princess Dashkova Russian Centre, University of Edinburgh (2014). Denis is an associate international member of the Institute for Writing and Thinking, Bard College (USA).