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- University of Oxford
- Russia, Soviet Union
- History: LGBT in USSR and contemporary Russia; Homophobia; Gulag sexuality; Soviet & Russian medicine, psychiatry, forensic medicine
- Professor of Modern Russian History
- Short Bio
I am Professor of Modern Russian History at the University of Oxford, jointly appointed by the Faculty of History and the Oxford School of Global and Area Studies. As a young gay activist in the 1970s in Canada, I came of age when knowledge about queer history and culture was scarce and hard to find: I am proud to be part of a generation that uncovered “hidden histories” and reconceptualised the queer past, while striving for a better queer future.
I am interested in the history of sexualities and gender in modernising Russia, and particularly the role of medicine and law in shaping the regulation of sexual and gender dissent and conformity.
- Russian, French
- Recent/Major Publications
Russian Homophobia from Stalin to Sochi, London: Bloomsbury Academic, 2018.
Homosexual Desire in Revolutionary Russia: The Regulation of Sexual and Gender Dissent, Chicago & London: University of Chicago Press, 2001, translated into Russian and published in Moscow by Ladomir Press in 2008; and Spanish, published in Buenos Aires 2018.
Bolshevik Sexual Forensics: Diagnosing Disorder in the Clinic and Courtroom, 1917-1939 (DeKalb, Il.: Northern Illinois University Press, 2009).
“Love and Death: Transforming Sexualities in Russia, 1914-1922,” Cultural History of Russia in the Great War and Revolution, 1914–22, Book 2: Political Culture, Identities, Mentalities, and Memories. Murray Frame, Boris Kolonitskii, Steven G. Marks, and Melissa K. Stockdale, eds. (Bloomington, IN: Slavica Publishers, 2014).
“The sexual revolution in the USSR: dynamic change beneath the ice”, in Sexual Revolutions, ed. G. Hekma and A. Giami (Basingstoke: Palgrave, 2014).