Erica L. Fraser

Assistant Professor, History and Historic Preservation

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B.A., University of Calgary, 1998
M.A., University of British Columbia, 2000
Ph.D., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2009

Areas of Scholarly Expertise and Interest

Russian and Soviet history; gender and masculinity; Cold War culture; military cultures; daily life and the press in communist states.

Recent Publications/Presentations/Performances

Book Review of Miriam Dobson, Khrushchev's Cold Summer: Gulag Returnees, Crime, and the Fate of Reform after Stalin, published online at H-Russia, December 2010: 


"Space is the Place: The Cosmos and Soviet Culture Before and After Gagarin." Invited Roundtable participant, the Association for Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies Annual Convention, Los Angeles, CA, November 2010.

"Masculinities in the Motherland: Gender and Authority in the Soviet Union during the Cold War, 1945-1968," Dissertation, University of Illinois, May 2009.

Book Review of Juliane Furst, ed. Late Stalinist Russia: Society Between Reconstruction and Reinvention (London & New York: Routledge, 2006) in Canadian Slavonic Papers, Vol. 51, No. 1, 109-110, March 2009.

"On the Margins of Celebrity: Valentina Tereshkova and the Cosmonauts' Cult of Masculinity in the Soviet Space Race." Paper presentation, Berkshire Conference on the History of Women, Minneapolis, MN, June, 2008.

"The Next Generation: Gender, Collectivism, and Training the New Soviet Man in Postwar Military Academies." Paper presentation, the American Association for the Advancement of Slavic Studies, Annual Convention, Washington, DC, November 2006.

Funded Research

Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada Doctoral Fellowship, including research in Moscow, 2002-2005