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Dr Anna Khlusova

Dr Anna Khlusova

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Postdoctoral Research Fellow – Arts and Humanities Research Institute

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Anna holds a BA Honours (First Class) in History of Art/ Film Studies from Oxford Brookes University, an MA in Culture and Creative Industries (with Distinction) from King’s College London and a PhD in Social, Cultural and Media Studies, also from King’s College London. Her research work lies at the intersection of social theory, gender studies, migration research, identity, and feminist media studies, with a particular focus on Post-Soviet contexts. Anna joined the Arts & Humanities Research Institute in January 2020 to act as a principal investigator or co-investigator on several research projects, providing support for the Institute’s collaborative and socially engaged research initiatives.

Research Interests:

  • Gender and LGBTQ politics in Russia;
  • East-to-West migration and gender;
  • Imagination, migration and mediated mobilities;
  • Transnationalism, identity and belonging;
  • Intersectional analysis and Critical Whiteness Studies;
  • Qualitative methods, analysis and method combination;

Anna’s research specialisations are in gender, identity, media, migration and transnationalism research, with additional expertise in critical feminist and intersectional analysis. She is particularly interested in exploring the politics of gender and LGBTQ human rights in Russia; the gendered aspects of East-to-West transnational mobility; and the othering processes as related to sexualised and racialised Russian bodies. Her doctoral research, in particular, has considered the significance of socio-cultural factors and the role of imagination in gendering transnational migratory patterns, experiences and subsequent identity (re)negotiation strategies among Russian women-students living in the UK. It has also explored the issues of race, class and cultural difference as well as politics of social inclusion/exclusion in educational mobility and in student cultures.

Anna has been awarded the Elsevier Outstanding PhD Thesis Prize (2020) for her research.

Public Engagement and Expertise:

Through her role in the Arts and Humanities Research Institute, Anna has experience working on cross-institutional collaborations between academia and the cultural and public sectors and is highly interested in participatory research and public engagement. At the AHRI, she has been involved in projects such as “Evaluating the Migration Museum Collaborative Residency Scheme”, which aimed at capturing the varied ways that the university may support civic agendas within and without the institution; and “REACH Space Pop-Up Research” project, an exploration into whether and how the AHRI’s REACH space fosters interdisciplinary and socially engaged research. She also has acted as a principal investigator on “Public engagement in the digital environment” project, which studies the implications of using digital methods of public engagement for arts and humanities researchers.