Arsenii Khitrov

Postdoctoral Fellow - Department of Social Anthropology
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Visiting address Gullhaug torg 1 0484 Oslo
Postal address Postboks 1091 Blindern 0317 Oslo

I am a Postdoctoral Fellow on the Shrinking the Planet project. The project aims to compare how the middle classes in China, India, and Russia develop their subjectivities through learning psychotherapy, and I am covering the Russian case. I conducted participant observation at one popular training centre in Moscow. It is timely to study psychotherapy in Russia at this particular moment, when its students and practitioners are finding themselves in the centre of wider public debates about trauma, moral responsibility, guilt, self-care, and personal boundaries.

Research interests

Topics: Expertise, knowledge production, psychotherapy, media production, Hollywood, social class.

Regional interests: USA, Russia.


Before embarking on this project, I received my PhD in sociology from the University of Cambridge, where I studied another expertise-based cultural industry, namely the production of television series in the USA, focusing on the consultants in social and political issues working in Hollywood. Prior to that, I received a BA and a PhD in philosophy focusing on the philosophical psychology of the 18th century, an MA in cultural studies, and taught philosophy and cultural studies in Moscow.

  • 2011–2016: Teaching Fellow, School of Cultural Studies, Higher School of Economics, Moscow.

  • 2008–2009: Teaching Associate, School of Cultural Studies, Higher School of Economics, Moscow.

  • 2006–2007: Teaching Associate, Institute for Cultural Studies, State University of the Humanities, Moscow.

  • 2021: PhD in sociology from University of Cambridge • 2009: PhD in philosophy from Moscow State University.

Tags: expertise, knowledge production, psychotherapy, media production, Hollywood, class

Selected publications

  • 2020: ‘Hollywood Experts: A Field Analysis of Knowledge Production in American Entertainment Television’. The British Journal of Sociology 71, no. 5: 939–51.
  • 2019: ‘Assessing the Realism of Police Series: Audience Responses to the Russian Television Series Glukhar’. Journal of Communication Inquiry 43, no. 1: 6–24.
  • 2016: ‘Representations of the Police in Contemporary Russian Police TV Series: The Case of Glukhar’. Journal of Communication Inquiry 40, no. 2: 179–95.
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