Valerie Anishchenkova received an MA with Honors from the State University of St Petersburg (Russia) in Oriental and African Studies, and MA and PhD in Near Eastern Studies from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.
She taught Arabic language and literature/culture classes at the University of Michigan, Middlebury Summer School, and Tufts University. Her pedagogical experience includes Arabic language curricular development, as well as creating culture courses such as "Narrating War Zones: Cinematic and Literary Gulf and Chechen War Representations," "Sexuality and Gender in Arabic Literature and Film," "Fascinating Monsters: Representing Arabs in American Pop Culture vs. Americans in Arab Pop Culture."
Her research area focuses on identity studies, modern Arabic literature and film, cultural discourses on war, and sexuality studies. She is currently working on her book project Selves That Matter: Autobiographical Identities in Arab Literature and Film.