Denisova-Schmidt, PhD, MBA, is a lecturer at the University of St. Gallen in Switzerland. She has taught and conducted research at the Humboldt University in Berlin, the Kennan Institute of the Woodrow Wilson Center in Washington, D.C., the German Institute for International and Security Affairs, and the UCL School of Slavonic and East European Studies. Before moving into academia, Denisova-Schmidt worked for the VSMPO-Avisma Corporation in Russia.
Her current research interests cover corruption and informal practices in various settings in Russia and Ukraine. As an Edmond J. Safra Network Fellow, Denisova-Schmidt will work on the economy of influence at Russian universities.