Thomas Werner is an Assistant Professor at Parsons The New School for Design. His research is Russian based, focusing on the introduction of contemporary education methodologies and the development of creative cultures within the country. Over the last seven years he has spent just over one hundred days a year in Russia partnering with twenty nine cultural, educational and governmental organizations to develop a series of cross cultural and educational projects presented in twenty seven cities. Russian partners have included; The State Hermitage Museum, the National Center of Contemporary Art, Perm Regional Government, The Moscow Biennale for Young Art, National Centre of Photography for the Russian Federation, The Central State Archive of Film, Photographic and Phonographic Documents, and the United States Department of State, among others. Thomas has curated exhibitions in the United States and internationally, including four exhibitions with the State Hermitage Museum in Saint Petersburg. In early 2012 he began a new collaboration with the United Nations focusing on Media and Literacy.