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I am interested in censorship in the Soviet Union, and in censorship of translation. My book, Discourses of Regulation and Resistance: Censoring Translation in the Stalin and Khrushchev Era Soviet Union was published by Edinburgh University Press in 2015. From 2013 to 2016 I was Leverhulme Early Career Fellow at the University of Oxford. Currently, I work at the University of Reading.


I obtained my PhD from the University of Edinburgh in 2012. I also have an MA (Hons) in Russian from the University of Glasgow and an MSc in Translation Studies from the University of Edinburgh.


  • Discourses of regulation and resistance: Censoring translation in the Stalin and Khrushchev Era Soviet Union, Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2015.

  • ‘Birdwatchers of the world, unite!’: The language of Soviet ideology in translation, The Vernaculars of Communism: Language, Ideology and Power in the Soviet Union and Eastern Europe, Routledge, 2014.

  • Better something than nothing: The editors and translators of inostrannaia literatura as censorial agents, Slavonic and East European Review, 91 (4), 2013.

  •  ‘Censorship in Translation in the Soviet Union: The Manipulative Rewriting of Howard Fast’s Novel The Passion of Sacco and Vanzetti’, Slavonica, 16(1), 2010.

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