Vera V. Dorofeeva-Lichtmann is a Chargé de Recherche Hors Classe at the Centre national de la recherche scientifique (CNRS, France) and currently a Deputy-Director of the Joint Research Unit (UMR) 8171 Chine-Corée-Japon, CNRS-EHESS. She received her PhD in history from the Institute of Asian and African Studies, Moscow State University (1992).
She has been awarded several Alexander-von-Humbold Research Fellowships—a two-year fellowship from 1996–1998, and renewed fellowships of three months in 2011 and 2017. In 2014, she was a Visiting Researcher at the National Tsing Hua University (Taiwan); from December 2015 to December 2016 a Visiting Fellow at the International Consortium for Research in the Humanities (IKGF), Erlangen; from October–November 2017 at the MPIWG, and in May 2018 at the Zhejiang University (ZJU) in the People's Republic of China.
Her initial domain of research was the basic concepts of terrestrial space in the emerging Chinese Empire, as derived from transmitted and manuscript texts dating from the Warring States period to the Han dynasty, ca. fifth century BC to second century AD. Gradually she became interested in Chinese maps, as the necessary visual aid for comprehending the early spatial concepts. Her current research is concerned with the amazing vitality of the early spatial concepts in Chinese cartography, even in maps dating from as late as the end of the nineteenth century, and the ingenuity of adapting these concepts to the newly acquired geographical knowledge and the development of cartography.