Denis Saltykov

Denis Saltykov is a PhD candidate in Film with concentration in Slavic at the University of Pittsburgh. His current research interests are sociological theories of cinema, film genre studies, and politics of contemporary popular culture. His publications have appeared in Studies in the FantasticKinoKulturaNew Literary ObserverSociology of PowerIskusstvo Kino, and Russian popular websites such as Kino-Teatr and Knife.Media. His research focuses on the ways in which recent Russian cinema is adopting Western models of horror and action films. Denis also researches neoliberal influence on culture as exemplified in contemporary cult film and media.

Education & Training

  • MA, Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures, University of Pittsburgh, 2020
  • 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

Representative Publications

“Privatized Violence in the New Russian Cinema” in Nancy Condee, Alexander Prokhorov, and Elena Prokhorova, eds. Cinemasaurus: Russian film in contemporary context. Academic Studies Press, 2020. 117–133.
“The Living Dead in Post-Soviet Cultural Consumption” in Studies in the Fantastic, 7(1), 2019, 89–104.

Research Interests

  • Contemporary Russian Cinema
  • Film and New Media Audiences
  • Popular Culture and Neoliberalism
  • Cult and Horror Film