Yuri Leving earned his PhD (summa cum laude) in 2002, at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and continued his research in visual arts at the University of Southern California, Los Angeles. He came to Dalhousie University after two years teaching at The George Washington University (2004-2006).
His main field of interest is Russian literature, culture and film. Leving is the author of several books and over 70 scholarly articles on various aspects of Russian and comparative literature. He served as a commentator on the first authorized Russian edition of The Collected Works of Vladimir Nabokov in five volumes (1999-2001), and was the curator for the exhibition “Nabokov’s Lolita: 1955–2005” in Washington, DC, which celebrated the 50th anniversary of the publication of Lolita. He is the founding editor of the Nabokov Online Journal (since 2007).