I was born and grew up in St Petersburg, and undertook my BA in Linguistics and Education, MA in Intercultural Communication and PhD in Applied Linguistics/RFL at Herzen State Pedagogical University (Philological Faculty). I also went to University of Northern Iowa where I did MA in TESOL and first started teaching Russian to groups of students. Upon graduation I returned to Russia to teach English, Intercultural Communication, Linguistics and Translation and also to study for my PhD. I moved to London in 2008 and started teaching at Middlesex University, where I also was the Programme Leader for International Business and Language. I joined the University of Westminster in 2009.
My research interests are in the field of Intercultural Communication, Translation, Interpreting and Russian Language Teaching Methodology. My dissertation title is: Developing skills of English speaking students to perform Linguocultural analysis of speech behaviour (using original and translated texts of fiction dialogues). I hold DPSI (Legal) and am a member of Institute of Linguists.