I am an Associate Professor in Digital Culture. I am the Director of the Centre for World Cinemas, and co-director of the Leeds Russian Centre. I am the leader of the School research group in Film and Visual Culture. Also in the School, I am the International Coordinator.
Previously I worked and conducted research in the the Aleksanteri Institute of the University of Helsinki; School of Slavonic and East European Studies, University College London; Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures of the University of Pittsburgh, USA; Universities of Moscow, Ekaterinburg and Voronezh, Russia.
My research interests include contemporary film, animation, digital media, especially the internet, and popular culture; digital and web-induced arts, especially the issues of medium; digital television, computer gaming; issues of space and authorship, and national identity in literature, cinema and art.
I make regular broadcasts on Russian culture for the BBC and other media, including Al Jazeera English.