Ana Olenina received her Ph.D. from Harvard University and her M.Phil. from Cambridge University. She is currently an Assistant Professor of Film Studies at the University of North Carolina-Wilmington, where she teaches courses on Russian film history, international silent cinema, and film theory. Though her main research focus is the Soviet avant-garde, her broader interests lie at the juncture of early film history and media theory, with an emphasis on historical configurations of sensory experience, emotional response, embodiment, and immersive environments. She is currently working on a book manuscript, tentatively entitled Psychomotor Aesthetics: Conceptions of Gesture and Affect in Russian and American Modernity, 1910s-1920s. Together with colleague Maxim Pozdorovkin, Ana Olenina has co-curated two DVD releases of restored Soviet silents (Miss Mend and Early Landmarks of Soviet Film) by Flicker Alley, Inc.