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Russian Child Science, 1881-1936

Publications and Grants


2020 Science of the Child in Late Imperial and Early Soviet Russia, Oxford University Press, (under contract).

2018 'Lechebnaia pedagogika: The Concept and Practice of Therapy in Russian Defectology, c. 1880–1936', Medical History 62, pp. 67-90.

2017 'The Imperfect Child in Early Twentieth-Century Russia', History of Education 46, pp. 595-617.

2016 'Trauma and Pathology: Normative Crises and the Child Population in Late Tsarist Russia and the Early Soviet Union, 1904-1924', Journal of the History of Childhood and Youth 9, pp. 450-469.

2016 'Imperial Normativities and Sciences of the Child: The Politics of Development in 1920s’-30s’ USSR', Ab Imperio 2, pp. 71-124.

2016 'V. M. Bekhterev in Russian Child Science, 1900s-1920s: “Objective Psychology” / “Reflexology” as a Scientific Movement', Journal of the History of the Behavioral Sciences 52, pp. 99-123.

2015 'Poniatiia subnormy i patologii v istorii rossiiskoi nauki o rebenke', Voprosy psikhologii 1, pp. 111-122.

2014 'Pamiat' o "repressirovannykh naukakh" v istorii Rossii: Sluchai pedologii', in Lobacheva, G. V. (ed.), Istoricheskaia pamiat’ Rossii proshloe i nastoiashchee materialy Mezhdunarodnoi nauchnoi konferentsii, 11-13 aprelia 2014 goda, Saratovskii gosudarstvennyi tekhnicheskii universitet, pp. 16-29

2014 'The Mental Test as a Boundary Object in Early Twentieth-Century Russian Child Science', History of the Human Sciences 27, pp. 22-58.

2014 (co-authored with Obukhov, Aleksei S.) 'Razvitie psikhologo-pedagogicheskikh nauk', in Obukhov, A. S., Fedoseeva, A. M. & Byford, A. (eds.), Vvedenie v profesiiu: Psikholog obrazovaniia: uchebnik dlia akademicheskogo bakalavriata, Iurait, pp. 23-190. This textbook has been awarded a prize in 2015-16 as this publisher's most popular training manual.

2013 'Parent Diaries and the Child Study Movement in Late Imperial and Early Soviet Russia', The Russian Review 72, pp. 212-241.

2013 ‘Parent, Teacher, Doctor: Towards a History of their Interactions in Matters of Upbringing and Education in Pre-revolutionary Russia’, Novye rossiiskie gumanitarnye issledovaniia 8 (in Russian).

2013 'The Afterlife of the ʺScienceʺ Called Paedology: On the Significance of ʺScientific Movementsʺ (and their History) in Contemporary Pedagogy', Prepodavatel’: XXI vek 1, pp. 43-54 (in Russian).

2012 'Childhood Studies: Russia', Oxford Bibliographies Online: Childhood Studies, ed. Heather Montgomery, New York: Oxford University Press, 2012.

2008 'Psychology at High School in Late Imperial Russia (1881-1917)', History of Education Quarterly 48, pp. 265-297.

2008 'Turning Pedagogy into a Science: Teachers and Psychologists in Late Imperial Russia (1897-1917)', Osiris 23, pp. 50-81.

2006 'Professional Cross-Dressing: Doctors in Education in Late Imperial Russia (1881-1917)', The Russian Review 65, pp. 586-616.

2006 'Policies and Practices of Transition in Soviet Education from the Revolution to the End of Stalinism', in Making Education Soviet, 1917-1953, pp. 419-426 (co-authored with Polly Jones).


2015: British Academy Mid-Career Fellowship (MD140022; £97,336)

2012: AHRC Early Career Research Fellowship (AH/J00362X/1; £41,973)

2012: Durham Seedcorn Award (CC290164; £2,660)

2011: British Academy Small Research Grant (SG101445; £4,200)