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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.

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 (

‘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