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Erica L. Fraser

Instructor II

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

Classes for 2018-19

HIST 1002A: Europe in the 20th Century (Fall/Winter)

HIST 2600A: History of Russia (Fall/Winter)

HIST 3902B: History of the USSR (Winter)

HIST 4201A / EURR 4202 / EURR 5202: Everyday Life in the Soviet Union (Fall)


Research Interests

  • Russian and Soviet history
  • Gender history
  • Cold War culture
  • Military cultures and postwar societies
  • Daily life, popular culture, and sports and leisure in communist states

Selected Publications

Military Masculinity and Postwar Recovery in the Soviet Union (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, forthcoming Jan. 2019).

“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, UK: 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

“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 North American Popular Culture Since 1991 (upcoming book project)