Olga Sezneva is an Assistant Professor (UH1) at the Department of Sociology. She received her Ph.D. from New York University (2005) and was a Harper Fellow in the Society of Fellows at the University of Chicago (2005-2009). Between 2013 ns 2017 Olga served as a Professor of Urban Studies and an affiliated member of the Center for Science and Technology Studies at European University at St. Petersburg, Russia.
Olga’s main research interests are urban built environment, human mobility, and digital technologies. She published widely on the relationship between material culture and social memory (in the context of Kaliningrad), the global phenomenon of media piracy in emerging economies (Media Piracy in Emerging Economies), cosmopolitanism, and the impact of digitization on the commodity circulation and market exchange. In 2013, Olga joined an international team project at European University at St. Petersburg led by Professor Mario Biagioli (University of California-Davis), to conduct research on the spatial mobility of Russian-speaking ICT professionals Russian Computer Scientists at Home and Abroad. The project was awarded the Mega-grant from government of the Russian Federation (grant No.14.U04.31.0001). These diverse research interests have been united by Olga's preoccupation with the ways in which specific cultural forms circulate in the society throughout history.
The same interest in the modes of expression and representation motivated Olga to turn to artistic research and experiment with non-scientific forms of public address. In 2013 she joined the artistic collective Moving Matters Traveling Workshop, whose work has consistently followed themes of migration, and in doing so developed ways of expressing conceptual and theoretical ideas in visual and performance arts.
Her passion for cities and their architecture motivated Olga to develop, together with architect Enric Massip-Bosch (BarcelonaTECH and EMBA studio, Barcelona), an educational program in research design. After a successful run in St. Petersburg, the program is now moving to Barcelona.
Olga is also a member of the advisory board for the European Prize for Urban Public Space, and the member of a number of editorial boards of international journals.