Claire Shaw is a specialist in the history of the Soviet Union, with a particular interest in the formation of Soviet identity and the history of marginal groups. Her current research examines the deaf community in Soviet Russia from 1917 to 1991, focusing on the impact of deafness on Soviet programmes of identity, and examining how Soviet deaf individuals developed their sense of individual and collective selfhood. She also writes on contemporary Russian fashion and Soviet public space.
Her undergraduate teaching includes the second-year unit ‘The New Soviet Man and his “Others”: Politics and Identity in Soviet Russia, 1917-1945’ and the fourth-year units ‘The Cold War at Home: Soviet Society 1945-1991’ and 'Russia in the 1990s: A Decade of Chaos?', as well as contributions to the first-year ‘Introduction to Russian History and Culture’ and 'Introduction to Cultures'. She also contributes to the Department’s language teaching at all levels. Claire is the Programme Director of the MA in Contemporary Literatures and Cultures.
Claire Shaw (BA 2005, MA 2006, PhD 2011) graduated in Modern and Medieval Languages (Russian and French) from the University of Cambridge in 2005, then moved to the School of Slavonic and East European Studies, University College London, to take an MA and PhD in Russian and Soviet history. In 2009 she became a Junior Research Fellow of the Institute of Historical Research in London, holding a Scouloudi Fellowship (2009-10) and a Past and Present Fellowship (2010-11). She joined the Department in September 2011.
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