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Dr Connor Doak

Dr Connor Doak

Dr Connor Doak
BA (Cantab.), MSt (Oxon.), PhD(Northwestern)


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Connor Doak works primarily on nineteenth- and twentieth-century Russian literature and culture, with a special interest in gender and sexuality and their relationship to war and political change. He has published in journals such as Modernism/modernitySlavic and East European Journal and Forum for Modern Language Studies. He is currently working on a monograph exploring how the poet Vladimir Maiakovskii uses verse to negotiate the shifting terrain of masculinity in revolutionary Russia and the early Soviet period. Connor's work increasingly extends back into the nineteenth century, as evidenced by recent publications on fatherhood in Chekhov's stories and on performing masculinity in Dostoevskii's Demons. He is also beginning to work on a project on how contemporary adaptations of classic texts frame issues of masculinity.

Connor is co-organizer, with Bradley Stephens (French), of 'Transnational Masculinities', an interdisciplinary workshop series funded by Bristol's Institute of Advanced Studies. He is also co-convener, with Muireann Maguire (University of Exeter) and Margarita Vaysman (University of St Andrews), of the Nineteenth-Century Study Group in the British Association of Slavonic and East European Studies (BASEES). In 2017, Connor won a British Academy Rising Stars Engagement Award to create the 'UK-Russia Research Forum', which had its inaugural international symposium in January 2018.


Originally from Northern Ireland, Connor obtained a BA from Cambridge (2005), an MSt from Oxford (2007), and a PhD from Northwestern University (2013). In 2012–3, he was awarded a Dissertation Completion Fellowship from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and American Council of Learned Societies as he finished his PhD on Mayakovsky's poetry. He joined the Bristol staff in 2013.

Connor is currently serving as Director of Teaching for the Department of Russian and Czech (2016-19) and is the lead contact for all matters concerning undergraduate education in the department.

Dedicated to outreach and public engagement. Connor was elected in 2018 as Representative for Slavonic & East European Languages to the Executive Board of UCML (the University Council of Modern Languages), the national umbrella organization that promotes research and education in modern languages in higher education institutions. He is also a co-opted member of the Executive Board of BASEES, the British Association of Slavonic and East European Studies, our subject association in the UK.

Connor has a special interest in Schools Liasion and Widening Participation and has built links between the University of Bristol and a number of schools in the south-west of England and beyond. Teachers in secondary schools and sixth-form colleges who have an interest in setting up a link with the Department of Russian and Czech are invited to email him.


Connor's teaching encompasses a wide variety of Russian literature and culture from the nineteenth century to the present. At undergraduate level, he has designed units on 'Gender in Russian Culture since 1917' and ‘Chekhov on the World Stage'. Additionally, he regularly contributes to ‘Introduction to Russian History and Culture’, 'Introduction to Russian Literature', 'Hedgehogs and Foxes: The Nineteenth-Century Russian Novel', 'Engineers of the Human Soul: Soviet culture and politics, 1917-40', 'Writing Revolution: Russian Literature 1910-1940', and 'Russia in the 1990s: Decade of Chaos', as well as Russian language teaching at all levels. He also contributes to Schoolwide units such as 'Introduction to the Study of Cultures'. At MA level, he contributes sessions to 'Tradition and Experiment in the Twentieth Century Novel', 'Gender in the Cultural Imagination', and 'Institutions of Culture'.

He welcomes enquiries from prospective postgraduate students working on any area of nineteenth- or twentieth-century Russian literature, especially those working on topics related to gender and sexuality. 

Current supervisees include:

Suzanne Eade-Roberts (reading for the PhD Translation Studies), working on the history of Soviet translation theory c. 1953 - 1991. Co-supervised with Carol O'Sullivan and Katharine Hodgson (Exeter)

Thomas Saunders (reading for the MPhil Russian), working on online queer communities in contemporary Russia. Co-supervised with Debbie Pinfold.



  • Russian
  • Modernism
  • Gender and the Body
  • Poetry
  • Revolution
  • War



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