received his PhD from the Institute of Oriental Studies of the Academy of Sciences, Moscow. Since the early 1990s, he has taught and conducted research in the field of Japanese and Russian cultural studies at universities in Jerusalem, Tokyo, New York and Manchester. In 2007-09, he was a Senior Research Associate at the Sainsbury Institute for the Study of Japanese Arts and Cultures (Norwich-London). Since 2008 he is a Professorial Research Associate at the Japan Research Centre, SOAS (Univ. of London), and has been a Professor of the National Research University ‘Higher School of Economics’ (Moscow) since 2012. He is a recipient of numerous fellowships and grants from institutions such as Pew Trust (USA), Leverhulme Trust (UK), Wingate Scholars (UK), NEH (USA), and Japan Foundation (Japan).