Born 1966, graduated from Kuban State University in 1988 majoring in history. Advanced Doctor of Historical Science (2000), Advanced Doctor of Political Science (2008), professor, head of Political Science and Political Management Department at Kuban State University. Member of the Russian Political Science Association Expert Council. Academic interests include regional studies in politics, comparative political science and political sociology. Author of seven monographs with around 80 papers published in leading peer-reviewed journals.