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- United Kingdom
- Durham University
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- gender, sexuality, Russian Empire, Soviet Union, revolutionary Russia
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- About Me
I am a postdoctoral researcher specialising in gender and sexuality in the Russian empire and the Soviet Union. I am particularly interested in how ordinary people understood and articulated ideas about sexuality across the tsarist and Soviet regimes.
More specifically, I focus on the social and cultural history of prostitution and venereal diseases in the twentieth century. I have researched and written about the state regulation of prostitution in late imperial Russia; prostitution in Russia’s First World War; venereal disease control in the Soviet military forces; and campaigns to eradicate prostitution in the USSR.
I am currently working on a project related to military masculinity in the late Russian Empire.
- Recent Publications
‘Liberation and Authoritarianism in the Early Soviet Campaign to “Struggle with Prostitution”‘ in Lara Douds, James Harris and Peter Whitewood (eds), The Fate of the Bolshevik Revolution: Illiberal Liberation, 1917-41 (London: Bloomsbury, 2020), pp. 231-244.
‘Prosecuting Procurement in the Russian Empire’, Journal of Social History, 54:1 (2020): 1-25 (available advance access, DOI:10.1093/jsh/shz040).
‘To Denounce or Defend? Public Participation in the Policing of Prostitution in Late Imperial Russia’, Kritika: Explorations in Russian and Eurasian History, 19:4 (2018), pp. 717-744 (https://muse.jhu.edu/article/709330)
‘Sex on the Front: Prostitution and Venereal Disease in Russia’s First World War’, Revolutionary Russia, 30:1 (2017), pp. 1-21.
‘The ‘Black Spot’ on Crimea: Venereal Diseases in the Black Sea fleet in the 1920s’, Social History, 42:2 (2017), pp. 181-204.
- Media Coverage
- Panelist on BBC Radio 5 live discussing the centenary of the Russian revolution
- Country Focus
- Expertise by Geography
- Expertise by Chronology
- 19th century, Modern, 20th century
- Expertise by Topic
- Gender, Medicine, Migration & Immigration, Military, Sexuality, Urban History, Women, World War I