College: College of Humanities
Department: Modern Languages
Research Centre/Unit: N/A
My work at Exeter focuses on ‘unofficial contact’ between Britons and Soviet citizens, between 1917 and 1939. I am particularly interested in how the traveller’s experience and understanding of Soviet reality relates to Soviet citizens understanding of the same reality, and how encounters between the two had significance in this respect.
Alongside study at Exeter, I have been working on several academic projects. I am Research Associate to the Isaiah Berlin Literary Trust, Wolfson College, University of Oxford, where I have contributed research and writing to two volumes of Berlin's letters, and provided support for the publication of numerous editions of his essays. I am also a Project Officer for the Humanities Division, University of Oxford, where I work on post-graduate funding, training and development.
I am also in the mid-to-late stages of a book, The Shadow of Catastrophe: The Letters and Diaries of Gareth Jones, 1930–35 , which is an edited collection of the best of the diaries and letters of the British journalist, Gareth Jones (1905–35), who visited the USSR and Germany as Stalin and Hitler consolidated their power respectively.
I am also an editor of the Anglo-Russian Research Network website.