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Alexey Golubev
Assistant Professor

Alexey Golubev is a scholar of Russian history with a focus on social and cultural history of the twentieth century. He completed his Ph.D. in history at the University of British Columbia in 2016, and then spent a year as a Banting Postdoctoral Scholar at the University of Toronto. Prior to that he attended Petrozavodsk State University in Russia where he earned a degree of Candidate of Sciences in History (2006) in addition to a diploma in Russian and English (2002). Dr. Golubev has previously taught at the University of Eastern Finland, the University of British Columbia, the University of Freiburg in Germany, and Petrozavodsk State University in Russia.

Research Interests

Social and material history of Russia, national and international migrations in Soviet history, North Russia, and networks and propaganda of knowledge in the USSR, as well as more general themes of socialist modernity and digital humanities. Dr. Golubev has also studied and published on transnational history of Northern Europe.

Selected Publications


The Search for a Socialist El Dorado: Finnish Immigration from the United States and Canada to Soviet Karelia in the 1930s. East Lansing, MI: Michigan State University Press; Winnipeg, MB: University of Manitoba Press. Co-authored with Irina Takala.



Edited volumes

XX vek: Pisma voiny [The Twentieth Century: War Letters]. Moscow: Novoe literaturnoe obozrenie, 2016. Co-edited with Serguei Oushakine. In Russian.

Encyclopedia of the Barents Region. In 2 vols. Oslo: PAX, 2016. Co-edited with Mats-Olov Olsson (chief editor), Fredrick Backman, Lars Olsson and Björn Norlin.

The Barents Region: A Transnational History of Subarctic Northern Europe. Oslo: PAX, 2015. Co-edited with Lars Elenius (chief editor), Maria Lähteenmäki and Hallvard Tjelmeland.

Language and Border between Scandinavia and Russia, a special issue of The Nordic Historical Review, no. 19 (2014). Co-edited with Alexander Tolstikov and Antti Räihä.Refereed articles and book chapters

“‘A Wonderful Song of Wood’: Heritage Architecture of North Russia and the Soviet Quest for Historical Authenticity,” Rethinking Marxism 29.1 (2017): 142–172.

“Affective Machines or the Inner Self? Drawing the Boundaries of the Female Body in the Socialist Romantic Imagination,” Canadian Slavonic Papers/Revue canadienne des slavistes 58.2 (2016): 141–159.

“Desirable Things of Ogoniok: The Material Face of a Soviet Illustrated Magazine,” The Soviet and Post-Soviet Review 43.2 (2016): 152–181.

“Time in 1:72 Scale: Plastic Historicity of Soviet Models,” Kritika: Explorations in Russian and Eurasian History 17.1 (2016): 69–94.

“Memory Silenced and Contested: Oral History of the Finnish Occupation of Soviet Karelia,” in Reclaiming the Personal: Oral History in Postsocialist Europe, edited by Natalia Khanenko-Friesen and Gelinada Grinchenko (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2015), 115–127.

“Introduction: Language and Border between Scandinavia and Russia,” The Nordic Historical Review 19 (2014): 21–29 (French translation on p. 11–20). Co-authored with Alexander Tolstikov and Antti Räihä.

“Making Selves through Making Things: Soviet Do-It-Yourself Culture and Practices of Late Soviet Subjectivation,” Cahiers du monde russe 54.3-4 (2013): 517–541. Co-authored with Olga Smolyak.

“Koliuchaia provoloka pamiati: O chiom bolit i o chiom molchit istroiia okkupatsii [Barbed Wire of Memory: Pain and Silence in the History of the WWII Occupation of Soviet Territories],” Novoe literaturnoe obozrenie 121 (2013): 12–27. In Russian.

“Between Social Reformism and Conservatism: Soviet Women under the Finnish Occupation Regime, 1941–1944,” Scandinavian Journal of History 37.3 (2012): 355–376.

“The Harsh Reality of Fine Words: The Daily Implementation of Immigration Policies in Soviet Karelia,” Journal of Finnish Studies 15.1-2 (2011): 125–145. Co-authored with Irina Takala.

“Neuvostoturismin ja läntisen kulutuskulttuurin kohtaaminen Suomessa [Soviet Tourism and Western Consumer Culture: A Meeting in Finland],” Historiallinen aikakauskirja [Finnish Historical Journal] 4 (2011): 413–425. In Finnish.