At the moment SAS employs full-time faculty from different countries, most of whom received their PhDs from best universities in the USA, Canada, and Europe.

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).


Ashraf Ismail

Ashraf Ismail received his PhD from Cornell University (USA) in 2008. He specializes in Monetary Economics, Quantitative Finance and Applied Game Theory.

Ashraf 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 is PhD in Political Science from Northwestern University and has worked in different institutions, the last being Georgetown University in Qatar in 2010-2018. Currently he is a non-resident scholar at the Middle East Institute and instructor at Başkent University, Ankara, Turkey.

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.


Evgeny Vdovin
mathematics, IT

Evgeniy Vdovin, Dr. Sci. in Physics and Mathematics, is the Head of the Institute of Mathematics and Computer Sciences of the University of Tyumen.


Kimberly Mc Cabe

Kimberly A. McCabe, 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.


Ksenia Gerasimova

In terms of her biography, Ksenia has been passionate about international development, and its particular aspect, such as sustainability. She has completed her MPhil in Development Studies and Ph.D. in Land Economy, University of Cambridge, and her research focused on environmental NGOs with special focus on the assessment of their organizational efficiency. She has both a theoretical background and empirical research experience in the field.


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.

Mohammad Shahir Shikh

Will join SAS in January 2024.

Mohammad Shahir Shikh has obtained both his Master’s in Future Power Networks and Ph.D in Electrical and Electronics Engineering at Imperial College London. Currently he is a lecturer at Hochschule Fresenius, University of Applied Sciences (Berlin, Germany).

Pedro Teres
econometrics, differential calculus

Pedro Luis Rubio Teres is a PhD candidate at the School of Politics and International Relations, Queen Mary University of London.

Before this, Pedro successfully completed Masters programs in Maths (joint by the Complutense University of Madrid, Spain, and Charles University, Czech Republic), and in Political Science specializing in Security and Defence (also joint by the Complutense University of Madrid and Spanish Center for National Security Research).


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. His work has been published in the journals Adaptation and Synoptique, as well as in edited volumes. Before joining the faculty at SAS in 2020, he taught courses in film history and film analysis at the University of Pennsylvania for two years.


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.

He has worked and collaborated with several universities in Russia (Samara, Saint Petersburg, Krasnoyarsk, Yakutsk). In 2022-23, Rafael worked as visiting professor at different prestigious universities such as Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok, the University of Bucharest in Romania, and the University of Social Sciences and Humanities in Hanoi, Vietnam.


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.

She has taught for the past 4 years in political philosophy, media studies, geography, and critical race and ethnic studies. She is currently finishing her dissertation/book project on what she calls the “resilience trinity”: the management of contingency between ecology, finance, and technology. Her second project is tentatively titled Age of the World System: Contemporary Cybernetics and the New Cosmopolitanism.


Emile Alexandrov

Will join SAS in October 2023

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.