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Dr Claire Shaw

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H021, ground floor of the Humanities Building
024 76150550, internal extension 50550
Wednesdays 11-12 and Thursdays 2-3 (term time only)


Academic Profile

  • 2017 onwards: Assistant Professor in the History of Modern Russia, University of Warwick
  • 2011-2017: Lecturer in Russian, University of Bristol
  • 2009-2011: Junior Research Fellow, Institute of Historical Research in London



Claire Shaw is a historian of Russia and the Soviet Union, with a particular interest in the formation of Soviet identity and the history of disability and marginality. Her recent monograph, Deaf in the USSR, examines the deaf community in Soviet Russia from 1917 to 1991, focusing on the impact of deafness on Soviet programmes of identity, and examining how Soviet deaf people developed their sense of individual and collective selfhood. She also writes on contemporary Russian fashion and Soviet public space.

Public Engagement

Sean's Russia Blog 

Selected Publications

  • Shaw, C, 2017, Deaf in the USSR: Marginality, Community, and Soviet Identity, 1917-1991. Cornell University Press
  • Shaw, C, 2016, ‘Deafness and the Politics of Hearing’. in: Tricia Starks, Matthew Romaniello (eds) Russian History through the Senses: From 1700 to the Present. Bloomsbury Academic, London, pp. 193-218
  • Shaw, C, 2015, ‘Myroslav Slaboshpytskiy: The Tribe (Plemya, 2014)’. KinoKultura.
  • Shaw, CL, 2015, ‘“We Have No Need to Lock Ourselves Away”: Space, Marginality, and the Negotiation of Deaf Identity in Late Soviet Moscow’. Slavic Review, vol 74., pp. 759
  • Shaw, CL, 2014, ‘Review of Denis Kozlov, The Readers of Novyi Mir: Coming to Terms with the Stalinist Past’. Modern Language Review, vol 109., pp. 868-869
  • Shaw, CL, 2014, ‘Review of Benjamin Tromly, Making the Soviet Intelligentsia: Universities and Intellectual Life under Stalin and Khrushchev.’. Russian Review, vol 73., pp. 655-656
  • Shaw, C, 2013, ‘'Speaking in the Language of Art': Soviet Deaf Theatre and the Politics of Identity during Khrushchev's Thaw’. The Slavonic & East European Review, vol 91., pp. 759-786
  • Shaw, CL, 2013, ‘'Fashion Attack': The Style of Pussy Riot’. Digital Icons., pp. 115-128
  • Shaw, CL, 2012, ‘Review of Frances L. Bernstein, Christopher Burton and Dan Healey (eds), Soviet Medicine: Culture, Practice, and Science, and Donald Filtzer, The Hazards of Urban Life in Late Stalinist Russia: Health, Hygiene and Living Standards, 1943–1953.’. Journal of Contemporary History, vol 47., pp. 668-670
  • Shaw, C, 2011, ‘A Fairground for 'Building the New Man': Gorky Park as a Site of Soviet Acculturation’. Urban History, vol 38., pp. 324 - 344