Lecturer in Modern European History, Queen's University Belfast
My three main research areas are Russian foreign policy and its links with different interpretations of Russian national identity; history of political thought and national ideologies in the 20th century; and political history in the post-Stalin period for which I am currently working on a new biography of Nikita Khrushchev for Routledge’s ‘Historical Biographies’ series.
I have a strong inter-disciplinary background. I read philosophy and economics at University College London (UCL), and stayed at UCL to do an MA in Legal and Political Theory, followed by a doctoral degree in Russian history at UCL’s School of Slavonic and East European Studies (UCL-SSEES). My academic career took me to the University of Birmingham where I worked as a research fellow on an AHRC-funded project on the Soviet Union under Khrushchev.
Two lecturing appointments followed, first at UCL-SSEES where I taught Russian politics and foreing policy, and then at the University of Leeds, before arriving to Queen’s University Belfast School of History and Anthropology as Lecturer in Modern European History.
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