- Born 1973 in Leningrad (now St.-Petersburg), USSR (Russia)
- 1989-94 – Korean Studies, Leningrad (St.-Petersburg) State University; MA in Korean History, July 1994
- 1994 – 1996 - Doctoral candidate in Moscow State University (Institute of Asian and African Studies, International Centre for Korean Studies); PhD in Korean History, December 1996. Thesis title: The History of Kaya Proto-States (Original title: Istoriya kayaskih protogosudarstv: Russian).
- February 1997 – February 2000 - Lecturer in KyungHee University (Seoul, South Korea), on fixed-term contract basis.
- March 2000 – current - Associate Professor/Full Professor (from September 2006) with Institute for East European and Oriental Studies (from 2005 reorganized into Department of Culture Studies and Oriental Languages), Faculty of Humanities, University of Oslo (Korean history/language, East Asian Studies)
Teaching and tutoring
- EAST4510: Approaches to East Asian Culture and History
- EAST4530: Topics in East Asian Culture and History
- EAST4520: Topics in East Asian Societies and Politics
- EAST4504: East Asia - Great Traditions
- EXFAC03-EAST - Exfac for Øst-Asiastudier
- KOR1502: Korea – Philosophy and Religion
- KOR4504: Korea – History, Society, Politics
- KOR1504: Korea: History, Society, Politics
Co-responsible (fagansvarlig) for the MA programme East asian culture and history.
Teaching notes for all the courses are accessible on fronter.uio.no for the students and employees of the University of Oslo.
Has the experience in research-based teaching on:
- Korean History (especially the history of Korean Buddhism and Korean Nationalism)
- Contemporary Korean Society and Politics
- Modernity and Nationalism in East Asia
- Labour Movements in Modern and Contemporary East Asia
- Nationalism and History Writing in Modern and Contemporary East Asia
- Korean Language (text reading, Chinese characters)
Ongoing and planned research projects
- "Militarism and Religions in Northeast, South and Southeast Asia, late 19th and 20th century" project leader (together with Torkel Brekke, IKOS, HF, UiO). Specially responsible for the personal subproject "Buddhism and Military Violence in Colonial and Early Post-Colonial Korea, 1920s-1950s": http://www.hf.uio.no/ikos/forskning/forskningsprosjekter/vladimir/militarism/index.html
- Revolution Goes East: Russia and East Asian Revolutions, 1870s to 1917 (pdf)
- Violent Religion (pdf)
- Internationalism in East Asia (pdf)
- Korean Communist Movement of the 1920s-30s in the International Context (plan to publish a monograph in 2019)
- Critical Biography of Sin Ch'aeho (1880-1936) (Korean, together with Prof. Yun Haedong, to be published by Hangyoreh Publishers in 2018)
- Critical Biography of Han Yongun (1879-1944) (English and Korean, to be published by Dolbegae Publishers in 2020)