Pavel V. Lyssakov (Lysakov) is a graduate of the Philological Faculty of St. Petersburg University (formerly Leningrad State University). He also studied in SPBU's graduate school. In 1998 he received the degree Doctor of Philosophy (Ph. D.) in Russian Literature from Columbia University in New York. The title of his dissertation was "Gogol and the Russian Literary Mind: 1890s–1930s." He has experience teaching Russian Language and Literature, Cultural Studies and Film. He has taught at Columbia University (USA), Universities of Helsinki, Tampere, Joensuu (Finland), and several other universities.