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Higher School of Economics, Moscow
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Soviet identity, citizenship, Soviet censuses, Central Asia
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About Me

I am a historian of citizenship and inequality across Soviet Eurasia. I currently work as a postdoctoral fellow at the International Centre for the History and Sociology of World War II and its Consequences at the Higher School of Economics in Moscow.

My first book manuscript, Repertoires of Citizenship: Inclusion, Inequality, and the Making of the Soviet People, explores the discourses and practices of Soviet citizenship and identity from the October Revolution to the Soviet collapse. I am also researching a second book, A Mirror for Society: Censuses in the Russian Empire and the Soviet Union. Both books draw on multilingual archival research conducted in Russia, Eastern Europe, and Central Asia, and on extensive experience traveling and working across the former Soviet Union.

Before receiving my Ph.D. in history from the University of Michigan in 2018, I received an MA from Stanford University in Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies (2011), and an AB in history (2009) from Harvard University, with a secondary concentration in Russian, East European, and Central Asian Studies.

Recent Publications

“‘Citizen of the Soviet Union—It Sounds Dignified’: Letter Writing, Nationalities Policy, and Identity in the Post-Stalinist Soviet Union.” In Maarten van Ginderachter and Jon Fox, eds., Ignoring the Nation’s Call: National Indifference and the History of Nationalism in Modern Europe (Routledge, February 2019).

“Making a Home for the Soviet People: WWII and the Origins of the Sovetskii Narod.” Chapter in Lewis Siegelbaum and Krista Goff, eds., Empire and Belonging in the Eurasian Borderlands (Cornell, April 2019).

Media Coverage
Country Focus
Russia, Kazakhstan, Ukraine
Expertise by Geography
Eastern Europe, Russia
Expertise by Chronology
Expertise by Topic
World War II