I am a historian of modern Europe focusing on social histories of trauma, psychotherapy and psychiatry in the 20th century, especially in Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union. Broadly, I am interested in scientific disciplines whose objects of study and intervention are the human being, and especially in their development alongside social and political ideologies. In line with this I am also interested in the social sciences and disciplines of labor management.
Before Princeton I was a Fulbright Scholar in Bulgaria, where my project envisioned a social history of Soviet psychiatry in the state-socialist period and applied archival and oral history methods. I have published on the subject in “Excavating the Psyche: a Social History of Psychiatry in the People’s Republic of Bulgaria”, an article for Culture, Medicine and Psychiatry (Springer, 2018), and in “Reduced to Bodies”, a chapter for The Body Under Socialism, a volume from the Center for Advanced Study Sofia edited by Dr. Daniela Koleva (2017).
In addition to writing, I also curate public history exhibitions that stage objects, archival documents and oral histories to convey interdisciplinary scholarship.