Graduate, Leningrad State University, 1971; Doctor of Philosophy, Institute Slavistics, Moscow, 1989.
Researcher in training, Institute Theater, Leningrad, 1972-1974;
research fellow, Institute Ethnology, St. Petersburg, 1989-1992;
senior research fellow, Anthropol. Museum, St. Petersburg, 1992-1996;
professor folklore, European U. at St. Petersburg, since 1996. Lecturer Hebrew U., St. Petersburg, 1992-1994.
Visiting professor University of California at Los Angeles, Los Angeles, 1994-1995. Guest fellow Oxford (England) Center for Hebrew Studies, 1993.
Member Mandelstam Society.
Married Larisa Georgievna Stepanova, October 29, 1982.