I was born in Russia, grew up in Germany, and then moved to the UK. There, I studied History at Cambridge and am now teaching at University College London. In between, I have also lived a little in California, and in Chicago for two years, where I also taught at the university.
Aside from my academic work, I also play the flute and am generally quite interested in music and the visual arts.
I like having guests and generally travelling to places where I have friends. Airbandb seems to provide an alternative to hotels, which I dislike, in those places where I don't (yet) know anyone. I often travel to visit archives, hoping that there will be entertaining things to do after they close. One of the things I picked up in recent years was tango. But if there is nothing going on in the outside world, I also like to stay by myself and read a good novel.