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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.

Recent Publications

‘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.

‘From Liberation to Limitation: The Early Soviet Campaign to “Struggle with Prostitution”’ in L. Douds, J. Harris and P. Whitewood (eds), Liberation to Tyranny: The Fate of the Bolshevik Revolution (I. B. Tauris, forthcoming 2019).


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