Alissa Klots

Alissa Klots

Candidate of History, Ph.D. Candidate, Visiting Research Fellow, Assistant Professor at the Chair of Modern History, Perm State University


Research Interest

Soviet history, cultural history, gender studies, history of empires, postcolonial theory


2011- till now

Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, Ph.D. student


Candidate of Science, Perm State University


Specialist diploma in History (with excellence), Perm State University

Work Experience

2014- till now

Department of Modern Russian History, Perm State University, Lecturer

2014- till now

Center for Comparative History and Political Studies at Perm State University, visiting research fellow


Rutgers, The state University of New Jersey, Teaching Assistant

Publications (selected)


Svetlyi put’: Institut domashnei prislugi kak migratsionnyi kanal I mechanism sotsial’noi mobil’nosti epokhi stalinizma,” [The Radiant Path: Domestic Service as a Migration Channel and Social Mobility Mechanism of the Stalinist Epoch] Novoie Literaturnoie Obozreniie 117:5 (2012): 40-52



“Shest’ plat’ev i polubotinki: domashnyaia prisluga v Sovetskom So’uze” [Six Dresses and a Pair of Boots: Domestic Servants in the Soviet Union]// Rodina, 3 (2011):40-43


Shest’ plat’ev i polubatinki: domashnaia prisluga v Sovetskom Soiuze,” [Six Dresses and a Pair of Boots: Domestic Servants in the Soviet Union] Rodina 3 (2011):40-43

Сonferences (selected)

June 26-28, 2016

“How Does It Feel to Be Old? Women’s Narratives of Aging,” ASEEES-MAG Summer Convention, Lviv. With Maria Romashova

May 26-28, 2016

“Pain in My Heart, Memory in My Soul: Gender, Aging and Soviet Subjectivity in the Diaries of Valentina Sokolova,” workshop “The Many Faces of Late Socialism. The Individual in the ‘Eastern Bloc’, 1953-1988,” Cologne. With Maria Romashova

November 19-22, 2015

“How Non-Work Becomes Work: Paid Domestic Labor and the Construction of the Soviet Working Class, 1917-1941,” Association for Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies (ASEEES) Annual Convention, Philadelphia.

September 17-19, 2015

“How Non-Work Becomes Work: Paid Domestic Labor and the Construction of the Soviet Working Class, 1917-1941,” 51st International Conference of Labour and Social History “Work and Non-Work,” Berlin.

April 24-26, 2015

“Domashniie rabotnitsy v SSSR: sotsialisticheskiie migratsii i neravenstva“ [Domestic Servants in the USSR: Socialist Migrations and Inequalities], International Conference “Domestic Workers in the Countries of Central Eastern Europe And Former Soviet Union: Postsocialist Migrations and Inequalities”, Saint Petersburg.

April 17-19, 2015

Kto my – sluzhanki ili rabochiie? Professional’nyie soiuzy domashnikh rabotnits do i posle Oktabr’a” [Who Are We – Servants or Workers? Professional Unions of Domestic Workers Before and After October] presented at Rabocheie Profsoiuznoie Dvizhenie v Rossii: Iz proshlogo v budushcheie [Workers’ Union Movement in Russia: From the Past into the Future], Moscow.

March 28-30, 2015

“Can a Bolshevik Have a Servant? Paid Domestic Labor Under The Dictatorship Of The Proletariat, 1917-1941,” presented at British Association of Slavonic and East European Studies (BASEES) Annual Conference, Cambridge.

December 4-6, 2014

Barski’e zamashki: na’emnyi domashniy trud i pozdnestalinskaia respektabil’nost“[Lordly Manners: Paid Domestic Labor and Late Stalinist Respectability] presented at theVII International Conference “Late Stalinism. Soviet State and Society in the Post-War period. 1945-1953», Tver’

November 8-9 2014

Profso’uzy protiv partii? Prosvetrabota v so’uze Narpit I bor’ba za sovetskogo rabochego” [Unions versus the State? Educational Work in the Narpit Union and the Struggle for the Soviet Worker, 1921-1930» presented at the “Exhibition Achievements of National Sciences-8”, European University at Saint Petersburg

October 9-12, 2014

“Kukharka kak simvol revolutsii: na’emnyi domashniy trud i osvobozhdenie sovetskoi zhenshiny” [Kitchen Maid as a Revolutionary Symbol: Paid Domestic Labor and the Liberation of the Soviet Woman, 1917-1941] presented at the VII International Convention of the Russian Association for Research in Women’s History “Sex. Politics. Policulturalism: Gender Systems and Gender Relations in Past and Present”,Ryazan’

September 26-27, 2014

“Iz prislugi v rabochi’e: prosvetitel’skaia rabota profso’uza rabochikh narodnogo pitani’a I sovetska’a politika identichnosti, 1917-1930” [Servants into Workers: Educational Work in the Union of people’s Food Services and Soviet Identity Politics, 1917-1930” presented at the International Conference “Conceptual Foundations of Soviet Educational Politics” (Laboratory of Historical and Cultural Studies at the School of Contemporary Humanitarian Research, RANEPA, Moscow

May 22-24, 2014

“Domestic Servants and the Myth of 1905: A Revolution of Their Own?” presented at the Association for Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies (ASEEES) and the Central Eurasian Studies Society (CESS) Joint Regional Conference, Astana

January 14, 2014

“And Any Kitchen Maid Will Be Able to Rule the State: Domestic Servants and the Revolution”, presented at the Association for Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies (ASEEES) Annual Convention, Boston (November 21-24, 2013); and at German Historical Institute in Moscow and French-Russian Center for Humanities and Social Sciences Joint Seminar, Moscow

November 15-18, 2012

“Nannies in the Homes of Soviet Elite: Transcending Borders of Class, Ethnicity, and Culture”, at Projects of Modernity: Constructing the “Soviet” in European Perspective, Perm’ National Research University, Russia (June 24-26, 2013); and at the Association for Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies (ASEEES) Annual Convention, New Orleans

Grants and Fellowships

May-July 2014

Research Stipend, German Historical Institute, Moscow 


Global Supplementary Grant, Open Society Foundations


Andrew W. Mellon Summer Research Grant, Rutgers University


Davis Graduate Travel Grant, Association for Slavic, East European and Eurasian Studies


Excellence Fellowship, Rutgers University

Professional Associations

2014 – till now

Association for Women in Slavic Studies, member

2011 – till now

Association for Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies, member

Professional Training 

July 1-8, 2014

Faculty member at the 6th Ukrainian International Summer School “Embracing the City”, L’viv

July 2-9, 2013

5th Ukrainian International Summer School “Challenging the Social Order: Revolution, Reform, and Transformation Under and After Socialism, Mykolaiv

June 28-30, 2012

“Stalinism in the Works of Young Researches: New Sources, New Approaches”, Smolensk

July 4-10, 2011

3rd Ukrainian International Summer School “Soviet Legacies and post-Soviet practices: economy, politics, everyday life”, Ostroh