Jacob Lassin is a Postdoctoral Research Scholar at the Melikian Center for Russian, Eurasian, and East European Studies. His research focuses on the intersection of religion, politics, literature and new media in Russia and the former Soviet Union. He is currently working on a book project titled Sacred Sites: The Russian Orthodox Church and the Literary Canon Online, which explores how websites run by the Russian Orthodox Church and its allies work to reframe the national literary canon to attract a new educated elite that supports the Church and the State. In addition to his book project, he is also engaged in research on different topics related to Russian and post-Soviet culture, religion, and media. Prior to starting at the Melikian Center, he was a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies at Harvard University.