Basic Info

First Name
Last Name
The Ohio State University
Russia; Former USSR
Russian/Soviet History; History of Sexuality

Scholar's Bio

PhD Candidate
Short Bio

I am a PhD Candidate in Russian and Eastern European History at The Ohio State University. My interests lie in cultural and social history and I am especially interested in the role of gender and sexuality in Soviet society. My dissertation project aims to historicize the perestroika period (1986-1991) in the USSR through the lens of sexuality. I am investigating the way in which glasnost (“openness”) engendered conversations around the role of sex and sexuality in Soviet society and how these conversations inform our understanding of the political, social, and cultural orientation of the Soviet Union in its final years. My aim is to deconstruct a binary understanding of power in the USSR which depends on the idea of a top-bottom power struggle. Rather, I hope my research can broaden our understanding of the “political” by exploring one major discourse around everyday life and how its influenced life in the USSR and perceptions of Soviet identity.

20th Century
English; Russian
Recent/Major Publications

“Trial by Fire,” Review of Russia in Flames: War, Revolution, Civil War, 1914-1921 by Laura Engelstein, in Origins: Current Events in Historical Perspective May 2018.

“Sexism on the Silver Screen: Misogyny and Cultural Continuity in Soviet Glasnost Cinema, 1987-1991,” Published in Soviet and Post-Soviet Review 44 no. 3 (2017): 209-232.

Review of Lesbian Lives in Soviet and Post-Soviet Russia: Post/Socialism and Gendered Sexualities by Francesca published in Soviet and Post-Soviet Review 42 no. 3 (2015): 358-362.