Chief Researcher at the IOM RAS
Doctor of Sciences (equiv. Habilitation) - History
Born on December 08, 1951, in Novosibirsk.
1969–1974 – student of Leningrad (St. Petersburg) State University, Department of History (Section of Ethnography and Anthropology) and Department of Oriental Studies (Section of African Studies);
1974–2006 – researcher (from junior to chief) at the Museum of Anthropology and Ethnography (Kunstkamera) of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Department of Ethnography of Africa (in 1995–2002 – head of this Department);
2006–2015 – head of the Centre of Political and Social Anthropology at the Museum of Anthropology and Ethnography (Kunstkamera) of the Russian Academy of Sciences;
From 2015 – chief researcher at the Department of Near Eastern and Middle Eastern Studies of the Institute of Oriental Manuscripts, the Russian Academy of Sciences.
1978 – Ph.D., thesis theme: “Ashanti Traditional Social Organization in the pre-colonial epoch”.
1988 – Doctor of History, thesis theme: “Akans Ethnopolitical Organism during the pre-colonial epoch”.
Since 1996 till now – Professor of the Department of Oriental Studies and Institute of History of St. Petersburg State University.
Since 2018 till now – chair of the Scientific Commission on Theoretical Anthropology of the International Union of Anthropological and Ethnological Sciences.
The main subjects of the current research: anthropology of kinship, ethnolinguistics, Afrasiatic languages, political anthropology, ethnopolitology, Oriental tradition societies, creolistics, history and ethnography of Akans and others peoples of Ghana, Cote-d’Ivoire, Sierra-Leone and Nigeria.