Seth Graham completed his PhD in Russian literature and Cultural Studies at the University of Pittsburgh in 2003. The title of his thesis is A Cultural Analysis of the Russo-Soviet Anekdot, which he wrote under the sagacious supervision of Dr Nancy Condee. A monograph based on the thesis will be published by Northwestern University Press in late 2009. Seth taught at the University of Washington, Seattle (2003-2004) and held a post-doctoral Humanities Fellowship at Stanford University (2004-2006) before joining the School of Slavonic and East European Studies, University College London, as a Lecturer in Russian in September 2006. He has participated in person or "zaochno" in all eleven Russian Film Symposia.