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Professor Gulnaz Sharafutdinova has joined King's Russia Institute in 2013. She has recently published The Red Mirror: Putin's Leadership and Russia's Insecure Identity (Oxford University Press, 2020) that explores issues of authoritarian legitimation in Russia relying on social identity theory. She currently works on a book The Afterlife of the Soviet Man: Rethinking Homo Sovieticus and conducts research on digital technologies of governance and vaccine hesitancy in the context of authoritarian regimes.

Gulnaz holds a PhD from the George Washington University, and speaks fluent Russian, Tatar and English. Gulnaz was born in Tatarstan, Russia, and still keeps tight connections to her homeland.


Gulnaz is currently writing a book The Afterlife of the ‘Soviet Man’: Rethinking Homo Sovieticus that explores the intellectual biography of the term homo sovieticus.

She is currently involved in research on how Russian society reacts to Russia's war against Ukraine. For further updates see:

PhD candidates

Gulnaz is currently accepting PhD candidates.