Lucy Austin

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My research interests focus on Soviet Russia through the lens of gender and material culture. My MA thesis, “They Throw Pebbles in our Garden: Women and Consumerism in the Soviet Union from Lenin to Khrushchev,” demonstrated that although the Khrushchev era sought to ameliorate women’s double burden of work and domestic care, significant gains, in the form of economic independence and gender parity, were never achieved.  My work illustrated how the Post-Stalin era, which became more and more visible to the world, turned women into a barometer of the Cold War’s balance of power, and how the Khrushchev era, in an attempt to peacefully compete with the West, condoned traditional gender norms and encouraged feminine aestheticism.

I am also interested in how “socialism” was continually molded in the Soviet Union, and as a result, how its internal promotion as an ideology evolved. As I develop and refine ideas for dissertation research, I hope to continue to investigate the integrity behind the Soviet implementation of Socialist principles, particularly those of gender equality and an equal access to material goods.

Graduate Teaching Assistant Appointments:

IAH 203: Latin America and the World, Dynamics of Empire and Revolution. Dr. Edward Murphy; Fall 2015.

ISS 225: Power, Authority, and Exchange. Topic: “Empires: Past and Present.” Dr. John Dunn; Spring 2016.

HST 140: World History to 1400. Dr. Liam Brockey; Summer 2016.

ISS 325: War and Revolution. Topic: “Revolutions and the Modern World.” Dr. Sean Forner; Fall 2016.

IAH 202: Europe and the World. Topic: “Navigations and Encounters in an Age of Discovery.” Dr. Liam Brockey; Spring 2017.

Advisor: Dr. Lewis Siegelbaum

Language: Russian

Education: BA, Boston University; MA, Eastern Michigan University


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