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In 2012, Nicholas completed a Master's degree in Global History at the University of Warwick. His thesis explored global trajectories in the Victorian circus industry and used an early twentieth-century animal show in Sheffield as a case study. Prior to this, he gained a Bachelor's degree in History & Politics at the University of East Anglia. In addition, Nicholas is a qualified EFL teacher and spent the year following his MA teaching English as a second language in both China and the UK.

Doctoral Research

Circus Entertainment in Russia, 1926-Present

Research Interests

Nicholas' research focuses on circus performers in Russia from the founding of the Moscow Circus School in 1926 to the present. He is particularly interested in the changing definition of satire during and after the Soviet regime, and how producers of circus entertainment struggled with the shifting and incoherent objectives of "cultural revolution."


  • Professor Stephen Lovell
  • Dr Daniel Matlin

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