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University of Manchester
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medicine, gender, sexuality, Russian Empire, Soviet Union, medicine, Baltic, policing
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About Me

I work primarily on the social, cultural, and medical history of the Russian Empire and the Soviet Union, with a particular focus on the Baltic region. To date, my published work has focused on the history of prostitution, venereal diseases, pornography, and social welfare.

I am currently a Wellcome Trust Research Fellow at the University of Manchester working on a project on the Soviet Red Cross, 1953-1991.

Recent Publications

‘Public Health and Prostitution in Revolutionary Petrograd’, English Historical Review (2022) (DOI:10.1093/ehr/ceac214).

‘Social Welfare Provision at the Imperial Edge: Single Mothers and Abandoned Children in the Late Russian Empire’, Gender & History (2022) (DOI:10.1111/1468-0424.12613).

‘Selling Sex under Socialism: Prostitution in the Post-War USSR’, European Review of History, 29:2 (2022): 290-310 (DOI:10.1080/13507486.2021.1937952).

co-authored with Sonja Dolinsek, ‘Introduction: Prostitution in Twentieth-Century Europe’, European Review of History, 29:2 (2022): 121-144 (DOI:10.1080/13507486.2022.2029361).

‘Sanitising Sex in the USSR: State Approaches to Sexual Health in the Brezhnev Era’, Europe-Asia Studies (2022) (DOI:10.1080/09668136.2022.2032607).

Siobhán Hearne, Michael Loader, and Matthew Kott (eds), Defining Latvia: Recent Explorations in History, Culture, and Politics (Central European University Press, 2022).

Policing Prostitution: Regulating the Lower Classes in Late Imperial Russia (Oxford University Press, 2021).

‘An Erotic Revolution? Pornography in the Russian Empire, 1905-1914’, Journal of the History of Sexuality, 30:2 (2021): 195-224 (DOI: 10.7560/JHS30202).

‘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 (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 (

‘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
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