PhD habilitation, 2005.
Ph.D. in Russian Literature, Moscow State Pedagogical University, 1995
Diploma with honor in teaching Russian Language and Literature, Moscow State Pedagogical University, 1991
Vinitsky's main fields of expertise are eighteenth- and nineteenth-century Russian literature, the history of madness, and nineteenth-century intellectual and spiritual history.
Ghostly Paradoxes: Modern Spiritualism and Russian Culture in the Age Realism (University of Toronto Press, 2009).
A Cultural History of Russian Literature, together with Andrew Wachtel (Cambridge, UK: Polity Press, 2009).
Interpreter’s House: Poetic Semantics and Historical Imagination of Vasily Zhukovsky (in Russian) (NLO, 2006)
Madness and the Mad in Russian Culture, co-edited with Angela Brintlinger (Toronto University Press, 2007)
RUSS130 Russian Ghost Stories (freshman seminar)
RUSS541 Russian Awakenings: Western Mysticism and 19th-Century Russian Culture