Ph.D. in film studies from Institute of Theater, Music and Cinema, Leningrad, 1984 - William Colvin Professor in the Humanities. Kandidat Iskusstvovedenia, Leningrad Institute of Theatre, Music and Cinema Fields: early cinema, Russian cinema, film poetics. he author of numerous publications on Russo-Soviet and world cinema. In addition to his many journal articles, he has created electronic media materials and has published several books, including Silent Witnesses: Russian Films, 1908-1919 (1989), Early Cinema in Russia and its Cultural Reception (1994), and Ivan the Terrible (2002). Professor Tsivian speaks Polish, French, and German in addition to English and his native Russian and Latvian, and teaches in the departments of Slavic Languages &Literature, Comparative Literature, and the departments of Art History as well as the Committee on Cinema & Media studies.
- Lines of Resistance: Dziga Vertov and the Twenties. (Pordenone, 2004).
- Ivan the Terrible, (British Film Institute, 2002).
- "Man with a Movie Camera, Reel One: a Selective Glossary," in Film Studies: An International Review, Issue 2, (Spring 2000) pp. 51-76.
- "Sergei Eisenstein," in Encyclopaedia of Aesthetics (Oxford University Press, 1998), vol. 2, pp. 96-98.
- "Homeless Images: D.W.Griffith in the Eye of Soviet Filmmakers", (Griffithiana, 60/61, October, 1997), pp. 51-76.
- "The Tango in Russia," in Experiment: A Journal of Russian Culture, (1996,) vol. 2, p. 307-34.
- "Between the Old and the New: Soviet Film Culture in 1918-24," (Griffithiana, 55/56, 1996,) pp. 15-64.
- "Two 'Stylists' of the Teens: Franz Hofer and Evgenii Bauer, eds. Thomas Elsaesser, in A Second Life: German Cinema's First Decades (Amsterdam University Press, 1996), pp. 264-276.
- "Media Fantasies and Penetrating Vision: Some Links Between X-Rays, the Microscope, and Film," eds. John E. Bowlt, Olga Matich, in Laboratory of Dreams: The Russian Avant-Garde and Cultural Experiment, (Stanford: Stanford University Press, 1996), pp 81-99.
- "The Wise and Wicked Game: Re-editing and Soviet Film Culture of the 1920s," in Film History: An International Journal, (1996,) vol. 8, # 3, pp. 327-343.
- "Russia, 1913: Cinema in the Cultural Landscape," (Griffithiana, 1994,) vol. 50, pp. 125-148. Reprinted in: Richard Abel, Silent Cinema, (Rutgers UP, 1996), pp. 194-216.
- "Eisenstein and Russian Symbolist Culture: An unknown script of October", eds. Ian Christie, Richard Taylor, in Eisenstein Rediscovered, (Routledge: London, New York, 1993), pp. 79-109.
- "Caligari in Russia: German Expressionism and Soviet Film Culture", eds. Thomas W. Gaethens, in Kuenstlerischer Austauch / Artistic Exchage: Akten des XXVIII. Internationalen Kongresses fuer Kunstgeschichte, Berlin, 15.-20. Juli 1992 (Berlin: Akademie Verlag, 1992/4), pp. 153-64.
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Ph.D. in film studies from Institute of Theater, Music and Cinema, Leningrad, 1984