Teaching Fellow in the Social Sciences (2020–22)
PhD'19 (modern European history) University of Chicago

CV

Research Interests

Modern East Central Europe; gender, sexuality, and the body; disability history; oral history methodology; colonialism and Eastern Europe.

Dissertation

Did the Body Have a Cold War? Gendered Bodies and Embodied Experiences in Late Socialist Czechoslovakia

Biography

I am a historian of gender, sexuality, and the body in 20th century Europe. My current book project focuses on the gendered body culture in Czechoslovakia in the period between the Prague Spring and the collapse of communism in 1989, exploring the ways in which the growth of consumerism and support for the nuclear family led to the mobilization of essentialized notions of gender. By examining the beauty industry, abti-obesity discourses and dieting practices, it illuminates how essentialized notions of gender were mobilized in the name of socialist modernity and familial stability, and demonstrates that phenomena commonly associated with Western consumer societies developed in the East. Drawing on a variety of primary sources, ranging from archival documents, expert journals and popular magaines, to oral history and personal documents, the project argues that these changes were driven by medical experts and the population, rather than the Communist Party.

I received a PhD in History, with distinction, from the University of Chicago in 2019. I hold an MA in MAPSS from the University of Chicago (2011) and an MA in Gender Studies from the Charles University in Prague (2008).

Publications

“The ‘Fat’ Body in Late Socialist Czechoslovakia: Compulsory Ability and Gender in Expert Discourse,” Gender and Research 17, no. 1 (Spring 2016): 15-28.

“The History of the Body,” Bohemia, 56, no. 1 (Spring 2016), book review

Oral history interviews with Anna Neuwirthová and Milena Filipová, Ordinary People...?! A Look Into the Lives Of the So Called Silent Majority. Biographical Stories of Members of Working Class and Intelligentsia. Vaněk, M. (ed.), Prague: Academia (2009).

News

—History Students Awarded 47 Research Grants in 2017–18