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Erica L. Fraser

Instructor II

Degrees:B.A. Hons (Calgary), M.A. (British Columbia), Ph.D. (Illinois)

Research Interests

  • Russian and Soviet history
  • Gender history (including women’s history and masculinity)
  • Cold War culture
  • Military cultures and postwar societies
  • Daily life, popular culture, and sports and leisure in communist states

Selected Publications

“Yuri Gagarin and Celebrity Masculinity in Soviet Culture,” in Philip E. Muehlenbeck, ed, Gender, Sexuality, and the Cold War (Nashville: Vanderbilt University Press, 2017): 270-89.

“Soviet Masculinities and Revolution,” in Catherine Baker, ed, Gender in 20th-Century Eastern Europe and the USSR (Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2017): 127-40.

“Gender and Sexuality in Russian History: New Directions.” Journal of the Canadian Historical Association, Vol. 25, no. 2 (June 2015): 319-28.

“Masculinity in the Personal Narratives of Soviet Nuclear Physicists,” Aspasia, Vol. 8 (2014): 45-63.


Current Research Projects

Rearming Masculinity: Martial Brotherhoods and Postwar Recovery in the Soviet Union (book manuscript under review)

“Writing for the New Recruits: Masculinity and Identity in Soviet Military Fiction after World War II” (article in progress)

“Cosmonaut Gossip: Rumor, Scandal, and Masculinity in Diaries of the Soviet Space Program, 1960-67” (article in progress)

Russians on TV: The Slavic Other in American Popular Culture Since 1991 (upcoming book project)

Recent Grants

Global History of Sport in the Cold War workshop series, Woodrow Wilson Center, Washington, D.C. and the German Historical Institute, Moscow (2015)