Rory Finnin's primary research interest is the interplay of literature and national identity in Ukraine. He also studies Soviet Russian dissident literature and Turkish nationalist literature.
His broader interests include nationalism theory, human rights discourse, and problems of cultural memory. Finnin's current project is a comparative study of the role of lyric poetry in the emergence of modern European nationalisms.
Finnin directs the Ukrainian Studies programme at Cambridge and chairs the Cambridge Committee for Russian and East European Studies. He received his PhD in Slavic Languages and Comparative Literature from Columbia University.