Main Focus

  • History of Russia/Soviet Union
  • Gender History
  • History of Violence
  • History of Crime
  • History of Political Economy
  • Sociology of Work
  • Labour History
  • History of Emotions


Curriculum Vitae

  • Associate editor of Kritika: Explorations in Russian and Eurasian History
  • since 2018 research fellow at MPIB/HoE
  • 2017 Fellow at the German Historical Institute in Moscow
  • 2011/2012 Research Fellow at the International Research Center "re:work/Berlin"
  • 2010 Dr. phil. (Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin)
  • 2008-2011 research fellow at the University of Bremen
  • 2003-2008 research fellow at the Humbold-University Berlin

Selected Literature


  • Oberländer, Alexandra. Unerhörte Subjekte: Die Wahrnehmung sexueller Gewalt in Russland 1880-1910. Frankfurt/Main 2013.

Special issues

  • The Global 70s: A Decade of Disenchantment? (co-edited with Rukmini Barua, Julia Wambach and Caroline Moine), in: New Global Studies 17, 2 (2023).
  • Fluid Feelings (co-edited with Rukmini Barua), in L'Homme. Zeitschrift für feministische Geschichtswissenschaft 32, 2 (2021).
  • Really Existing Soviet Subjects (co-edited with Maike Lehmann), in Soviet and Post-Soviet Review 48, 2 (2021).
  • Family, Gender and (dis)Abled Bodies (co-edited with Maike Lehmann), in East European Politics, Society & Culture 34, 4 (2020).

Peer-reviewed articles

  • Girl's Army of Vengeance? Perceptions of Sexual Violence Against Children in Post-1905 Russia, in Gender & History 2023 (open access:
  • “To be a woman is hard work”. The Changing Landscape of Gendered Emotions in the Late Soviet Union, in L'Homme. Zeitschrift für feministische Geschichtswissenschaft 32, 2 (2021): 79-96.
  • Working Faces, Facing Work: Portraying Work(ers) in the Late Soviet Union, in Soviet and Post Soviet Review 48, 2 (2021): 211-234.
  • Hatching Money: The Political Economy of Eggs in the Soviet 1960s, in Cahiers du monde russe 61, 1-2 (2020): 231-256.
  • Cushy Work, Back-Breaking Leisure: Late Soviet Work Ethics Reconsidered, in Kritika: Explorations in Russian and Eurasian Studies 18 (2017), 3: 569-590.
  • Zur Politisierung sexueller Gewalt. Der Fall Marija Spiridonova im revolutionären Russland 1906, in L’Homme. Zeitschrift für feministische Geschichtswissenschaft 27 (2016), 2: 133-142.
  • Shame and Modern Subjectivities: The Rape of Elizaveta Cheremnova in 1882, in Mark D. Steinberg/Valeria Sobol ed.), Interpreting Emotions in Russia and Eastern Europe. DeKalb 2011, pp. 82-101.
Reviews and review articles (selection)
  • Olga Petri, Places of Tenderness and Heat: The Queer Milieu of Fin-de-Siècle St. Petersburg. Ithaca/London: Cornell University Press, 2022, for H-Soz-Kult, 31.10.2023,
  • Amia Srinivasan, The Right to Sex: Feminism in the Twenty-First Century (London et al: Bloomsbury Publishing, 2021), for L'Homme: Zeitschrift für feministische Geschichtswissenschaft 34 (2023), 2: 165-168.
  • Anna Toropova, Feeling Revolution: Cinema, Genre, and the Politics of Affect under Stalin. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2020, Jahrbücher für Geschichte Osteuropas 70 (2022), 3-4: 620-622.
  • Maksim Lebskij, Rabochij klass v SSSR: žizn' v uslovijach promyšlennogo paternalizma. Moskva: Gorizontal', 2021, for H-Soz-Kult, 25.10.2022,
  • Natalia Pushkareva, A. Belova, N. Mitsiuk, Smetaia zaprety. Ocherki russkoi seksual'noi kul'tury XI-XX vekov. Moskva: Novoe literaturnoe obozrenie, 2012, für Slavic Review 81 (2022), 2: 513-4.
  • Provincializing Prostitution. Featured Review on Siobhán Hearne, Policing Prostitution: Regulating the Lower Classes in late Imperial Russia (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2021), The Russian Review 81 (2022), 3: 556-560.
  • Stefan J. Link, Forging Global Fordism: Nazi Germany, Soviet Russia, and the Contest over the Industrial Order (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2020), H-Diplo Roundtable XXIII-28, 07 March 2022.
  • Juliane Fürst, Flowers through Concrete: Explorations in Soviet Hippieland (Oxford:Oxford University Press, 2021), H-Soz-Kult, 11.08.2021
  • Alexey Golubev, The Things of Life. Materiality in Late Soviet Russia (Ithaca/London: Cornell University Press, 2020), H-Soz-Kult, 31.3.2021
  • Marsha Siefert (ed.), Labor in State-Socialist Europe, 1945-1989: Contributions to a History of Work (Budapest: Central European University Press, 2020), in Zeitschrift für Geschichtswissenschaft 69 (2021), 5: 486-488.
  • Ethan Pollock; Without the Banya We Would Perish: A History of the Russian Bathhouse (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2019), in H-Soz-Kult 15.09.2020
  • Jeff Sahadeo, Voices from the Soviet Edge: Southern Migrants in Leningrad and Moscow (Ithaca/London: Cornell University Press, 2019), in: The Russian Review (2020).
  • Aaron Hale-Dorrell, Corn Crusade: Khrushchev’s Farming Revolution in the Post-Stalin Soviet Union (New York: Oxford University Press, 2019), in: H-Soz-Kult 22.10.2019
  • Lena Gautham, Recht und Ordnung: Mörder, Verräter, Unruhestifter vor spätzarischen Kriminalgerichten 1864-1917. Wiesbaden 2017, in Jahrbücher für Geschichte Osteuropas 67 (2019), 3, S. 515-519.
  • Claire E. McCallum, The Fate of the New Man: Representing & Reconstructing Masculinity in Soviet Visual Culture, 1945-1965 (DeKalb: Northern Illinois University Press, 2018), in: Slavic Review 28 (2019), 2, S. 611-612.
  • Beam Me Up/Out/Elsewhere, Tovarishch: Negotiating the Everyday in Late Socialism, in: Kritika: Explorations in Russian and Eurasian Studies 19 (2018), 2: 433-444.
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