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Alexander A. Novik

alexander a. novik

Head of the Department of European Studies; Leading Researcher
Candidate of Sciences (History)


Phone: +7 (812) 328-08-12 (office)

Fax: +7 (812) 328-08-11



Born in 1967 in Magadan, Russia, Alexander moved to Belarus, where in 1985, he graduated from a gymnasium. In 1992, he graduated from St. Petersburg State University in Albanian language (Department of General linguistics). Professors A.V. Desnitskaya, G.I. Eintrey, I.I. Voronina, Yu.V. Ivanova, and A.S. Mylnikov were his teachers in science. From 1992 to 1995, Alexander was a graduate student at the Museum of Anthropology and Ethnography of the Russian Academy of Sciences (MAE RAS). From 1995 to 2003, he worked, respectively, as a junior researcher, researcher, and senior researcher at the MAE RAS. Since 2003, he has been the head of the Department of European Studies and General Ethnography/European Studies of the MAE. From 1990 to 2023, he conducted field studies on Balkan ethnology in Kosovo, Albania, North Macedonia, Bulgaria, and Ukraine. He headed expedition projects and participated in the following expeditions: in Albanian settlements in 1998, 2002, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, and 2013; in Greek settlements in 2001, 2002, 2003, and 2006; in Karaite settlements in 2004; in Tatar settlements in 2004. He conducted expedition projects on European ethnology in Montenegro, Turkey, Serbia, and Germany in 2000 and 2009, in Lithuania (2000), Italy (2009, 2020), Brazil (2010), and Portugal (2011). Since 1992, he has been a lecturer and associate professor at St. Petersburg State University and the Stockholm School of Economics.


  • 1992, Specialist diploma in Albanian language and literature, St. Petersburg State University (Faculty of philology, Chair of general linguistics).
  • 1997 Candidate of sciences (History) at MAE RAS; dissertation topic: “Home and handicraft production of traditional Albanian clothing in the 13th – early 20th centuries”
  • 2007, International Diploma, the National University of Educational Planning and Administration, New Delhi, India (UNICEF, Paris).


Ethnography of Europe, ethnolinguistics, history, languages ​​, and traditional culture of the peoples of the Balkan Peninsula, museology, field research methods, mythology, history of costume, jewelry art, ethno-etiquette, business etiquette, and protocol.

MAIN academic achievements:

Monographic studies of the Albanian diaspora in Europe and the ethno-contact zones of the Balkan Peninsula, studies of the German and Slavic population of Northern Germany.


  • 1998 Albanian collections of St. Petersburg, St. Petersburg.
  • 2000 Albania through the eyes of the photograph Georgy Argiropulo, St. Petersburg.
  • 2001 Albania through the eyes of the photographer Georgy Argiropulo, Moscow.
  • 2002 New expeditions of Kunstkamera, St. Petersburg.
  • 2004 Emperor – Generalissimo. Albanian presents in St. Petersburg’s Museums, St. Petersburg.
  • 2004 Albanian Settlements in Ukraine. Traditions and Life, Tirana.
  • 2006 Albanian clothes in St. Petersburg. St. Petersburg
  • 2008 Bride from Albania, St. Petersburg.
  • 2010 Balkan etudes, St. Petersburg.
  • 2017 Albanian silver filigree, St. Petersburg.
  • 2021 Magic lace of Balkan filigree, Khanty-Mansiysk.  

Awards, titles:

2018 Albanian Academy of Sciences, Diploma and first prize in the competition for best scientific monograph.
Honorary Consul of the Republic of Albania in St. Petersburg and the Leningrad Region.

Membership in scientific organizations:

Association of Anthropologists and Ethnographers of Russia.

Official expert of the Russian Academy of Sciences (Edict of the Presidium of the Russian Academy of Sciences from July 27, 2016).