Yuri Tsivian是芝加哥大学艺术史系William Colvin教授。1984年博士毕业于列宁格勒戏剧音乐与电影学院电影研究专业。
He is currently a professor in the Humanities (Departments of Art History, Slavic Languages and Literatures, Comparative Literatures and the Committee on Cinema and Media Studies). Before joining the University of Chicago in 1996, he worked as a Senior Research Fellow at the Latvian Academy of Sciences in Riga and taught at USC in LA.
When he started studying cinema his interest in it was one of a semiotician. Gradually, he got interested in early film history per se. Currently his interest is divided between two fields: carpalistics (the study of gesture in theater, visual arts, literature and film) and a new method of film studies, cinemetrics (http://www.cinemetrics.lv).
He is also involved in the restoration and video mastering of silent films.
- Silent Witnesses: Russian Films, 1908-1919 (Pordenone/London, 1989), Istoricheskaja Recepcija Kino (Riga, Zinatne, 1991), translated as Early Cinema in Russia and Its Cultural Reception (New York, London: Routledge 1994)
- Dialogues with the Screen (Tallinn,1994), with Yuri Lotman
- Ivan the Terrible (London: British Film Institute Publishing, 2002)
- Lines of Resistance: Dziga Vertov and the Twenties (Pordenone, 2004).