Russian Studies Dissertation Reviews

Starting in a few weeks, “Russian Studies Dissertation Reviews” will feature friendly, non-critical overviews of recently defended, unpublished dissertations in this dynamic field. If you are interested in reviewing for the new site, or having your dissertation reviewed, please contact

Introducing Our New Field Editor

Philippa Hetherington is a PhD candidate in Russian history at Harvard University. She is currently completing research for her dissertation, titled “Victims of the Social Temperament: Prostitution, Migration and the Traffic in Women in Imperial Russia and the Soviet Union.” Building on research conducted in Moscow, St. Petersburg, Odessa, Geneva, and London, this project examines the emergence of ‘trafficking in women’ as a specific crime in turn of the century Russia, and links this with the development of international humanitarian law, imperial governance, and migratory regimes. Her broader interests include the history of gender and sexuality, comparative legal history, and culture and society at the fin-de-siècle. [Website here]

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