Here is my CV in Russian and in English.


In 1997 I graduated from St.Petersburg Classical Gymnasium, or high school #610 (cum laude), and entered the Department of Classical Languages of St.Petersburg State University. In 1999 I transferred to the Department of General Linguistics and started working in a project studying how Russian verb morphology is represented in the mental lexicon (more details
here). My contribution was summarised in my thesis:
Slioussar, N. (2003).
Psixolingvističeskoe issledovanie struktury mental’nogo leksikona na materiale russkix glagolov (‘Psycholinguistic study of the mental lexicon structure on the material of Russian verbs’). MA thesis, St.Petersburg State University. Download.
The program I graduated from combined BA and MA, and I received my diploma (cum laude) in 2003, majoring in general linguistics and psycholinguistics. While doing my BA/MA, I was awarded the scholarship of the President of Russian Federation to study abroad and used it to study at the Linguistics Department of the University of Maryland in 2001-2002.


In January 2004, I enrolled in the joint PhD program organized by Utrecht institute of Linguistics OTS and Department of General Linguistics in St.Petersburg. On July 4, 2007, I defended the English version of my thesis in Utrecht (four years sharp after I received my MA diploma, and also cum laude). On June 27, 2008, I defended the Russian version in St.Petersburg. My supervisors were Eric Reuland and Frank Wijnen (Utrecht institute of Linguistics OTS) and Tatiana Chernigovskaya (St.Petersburg State University).
The English version of my PhD thesis,
Grammar and Information Structure: A study with reference to Russian, came out as a book. I also wrote a book on the basis of the Russian version: On the crossroads of theories: Grammar and information structure in Russian and other languages. It includes extensive introductory chapters and then proceeds to my own work (more info).

Postdoc projects

In 2008-2009, I worked on a postdoc project at University College London, trying to address some problems that remained unsolved in my dissertation, to revise and to extend some ideas from there. The project, entitled
Information structure: towards a unified approach, was funded by a Rubicon grant from the Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research (NWO).
In 2010-2014, I worked on a postdoc project
Prosody and syntax: how are they related? at Utrecht institute of Linguistics OTS. The project studied different aspects of syntax-prosody mapping and is funded by a Veni grant from the NWO.


In 2014, I became an associate professor at the School of Linguistics of the Higher School of Economics, Moscow. At the same time, since 2002 I remain affiliated to St.Petersburg State University and work at the Laboratory for Cognitive Studies. Different projects jointly run by laboratory members were awarded grants by the Russian Foundation for Humanities, Russian Foundation for Basic Research and Russian Ministry of Education and Science. Current grants:
  • Russian Science Foundation, grant 16-18-02071 “Boundary Russian: evaluating difficulty of comprehending Russian texts from the theoretical, experimental and statistical viewpoints” (headed by Natalia Slioussar).
  • Russian Science Foundation, grant 16-18-00041 “Brain basis of human cognitive abilities: an fMRI-EGG study of functional organization of brain systems involved in speech production and comprehension” (headed by Maxim Kireev, Institute of the Human Brain, Russian Academy of Sciences, and St. Petersburg State University).
Starting from 2011, I work with MA and PhD students in Russia. Together we did a variety of projects, from very small to relatively big (more details here).