Teaching Fellow, Department of History, University of Warwick
Before coming to Warwick, I was a Lecturer in Russian history at the University of Oxford and have held research fellowships at the University of Nottingham and the University of Cambridge. I completed my PhD at the School of Slavonic and East European Studies at UCL in 2011.
My work focuses on the cultural and medical history of Russia and the Soviet Union.
I am interested in the role played by cinema in the transformation of the human subject, and am currently writing a book on the intersection of medical knowledge, cinematic technology, and revolutionary campaigns of psycho-physiological reforging in the early Soviet period. My previous book, Feeling Revolution: Cinema, Genre and the Politics of Affect under Stalin (2020) examined film as a technology of emotional education during the Stalin era. I am currently co-editing an edited collection (with Claire Shaw) which examines techniques of mind and body transformation in the Soviet Union and the Eastern Bloc. A public installation on film psychotherapy that I curated ran at the Glenside Hospital Museum in Bristol and the Worcester Medical Museum in Spring/Summer 2022.
Technologies of the Mind and Body in the Soviet Union and the Eastern Bloc, co-editor with Claire Shaw (Bloomsbury, 2023), forthcoming
‘The Hypnotic Screen: The Early Soviet Experiment with Film Psychotherapy’, Social History of Medicine, 35.3 (2022): 946–971, open access
Feeling Revolution: Cinema, Genre and the Politics of Affect under Stalin (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2020)
‘Science, Medicine and the Creation of a ‘Healthy’ Soviet Cinema’, Journal of Contemporary History, 55.1 (2020): 3-28, open access
‘“Probing the Heart and Mind of the Viewer”: Scientific Studies of Film Audiences in the Soviet Union, 1917-1936’, Slavic Review, 76.4 (2017): 931-958, open access
‘An Inexpiable Debt: Stalinist Cinema, Biopolitics and the Discourse of Happiness’, The Russian Review, 74.4 (2015): 665-683
‘“If we cannot laugh like that, then how can we laugh?”: The “Problem” of Stalinist Film Comedy’, Studies in Russian and Soviet Cinema, 5.3 (2011): 335-351