Oliver Jones received his BA from University College London (UCL), spending semesters at Humboldt University, Berlin, and St Petersburg State University. He gained a distinction in his masters from the University of Oxford, where he is currently a DPhil (PhD) candidate in German & Russian and a Senior Scholar at University College. In 2019, he was a visiting research student at the Higher School of Economics, Moscow. Oliver has given lectures on 20th Century Russian literature for undergraduates in Oxford, covering topics such as the poetry of Anna Akhmatova and Gulag writing. His current research focuses on the work of the Soviet-Jewish author Vasilii Grossman and the West German Nobel Prize winner Heinrich Böll.