Stephen has research interests in Russian cultural and media studies, Russian and Soviet television and film, Russian and Soviet literature and literary/cultural theory. He is currently PIon a 4th majorAHRC research grant, which he is leading with Professor Vera Tolz. The project, which runs from 2010-2013is called 'Mediating Difference: Post-Soviet Russian Television Representations of Inter-Ethnic Cohesion Issues (420,000). Herecently completeda 3-year AHRC funded project on 'European Television Representations of Islam as a Security Threat: A Comparative Study (Russia, France, UK)' (490,000). The project, for which Stephenwas the PI,was interdisciplinary and was carried out in collaboration with the Politics Department at the University of Surrey.) Stephen's second 3-year AHRC-funded projectran from 2003 to 2006 and was on 'Post-Soviet Television Culture' (165,000). Stephen's first AHRC project (also 3 years) ran between 2000 and 2003 and was entitled 'An Analysis of the Relationship between Russian Literature and the Camera Media: The Word as Image'(111,000).
He is co-author (with Natalia Rulyova) of Television and Culture in Putin's Russia: RemoteControl (London: Routledge, 2009), andauthor ofRussian Literary Culture in the Camera Age: The Word as Image (London: RoutledgeCurzon, 2004); Russian Modernism: The Transfiguration of the Everyday (Cambridge: CUP, 1997); A Semiotic Analysis of the Short Stories of Leonid Andreev, 1900-1909 (London: MHRA, 1990). He is editor of Russia and its Others on Film: Screening Intercultural Dialogue (London: Palgrave, 2008), and co-editor of The Post-Soviet Russian Media: Conflicting Signals (London: Routledge, 2009).