Graduate Student


Denis Saltykov

MA, Philosophy, National Research University Higher School of Economics (Moscow), 2015

MA, Information Management, Academy of Economic Studies of Moldova, 2012

BA (Licentiate), Cybernetics and Economic Informatics, Academy of Economic Studies of Moldova, 2010

Office: Slavic, 12th Floor Cathedral of Learning

Denis Saltykov is a PhD candidate in Film at the University of Pittsburgh; he also studied Sociology in the graduate school of the National Research University Higher School of Economics (Moscow). His current research interests are sociological theories of cinema, film genre studies, and politics of contemporary popular culture. His publications have appeared in KinoKultura, New Literary Observer, Sociology of Power, and Russian popular websites such as Kino-Teatr, Kinomania, and Wonderzine. His research focuses on the ways in which recent Russian cinema is adopting Western models of horror and action films. He also researches unacknowledged Russian films that seem bizarre or socially deviant, thus provoking the audiences to treat the given work as a cult object. Beyond his research career, he is the chief editor of the horror genre website RussoRosso.


Ivan Elagin Memorial Fellowship, University of Pittsburgh, 2018

Oxford Russia Fund Scholarship, 2014, 2015, 2016

Courses Taught

Horror Film (Arka Film School, Higher School of Economics)


Abramov, Roman, Elena Iarskaia-Smirnova, and Denis Saltykov. “Gendered Identities Among Medical Professionals in Post-Socialist Russian Cinema.” In Yulia Gradskova and Ildikó Asztalos Morell, eds. Gendering Postsocialism: Old Legacies and New Hierarchies. New York: Routledge, 2018. 231-244.

Research Interests

Contemporary Russian Cinema

Film Audiences

Popular Culture and Critical Theory

Cult and Horror Film

Representative Conference Presentations

“Challenging the Privatized Violence in New Russian Cinema.” ASEEES, Chicago, November 2017.