Kandidat istoricheskikh nauk, Institute World History, Soviet Academy of Sciences, 1987. Doktor istoricheskikh nauk, Dnipropetrovsk State University, Ukraine, 1996. Doctor of Philosophy, Johns Hopkins University, 2002.
Associate professor Dnipropetrovs'k State University, Dnipropetrovs'k, 1989—1997. Assistant professor Ball State University, Muncie, Indiana, since 2003.
Member of American Association Advanced Slavic Studies, American History Association.
Married Irina Mikhailovna Kozintseva, September 27, 1959. 1 child Andrey Sergeievich.