Melanie Ilic

melanieilicMelanie Ilic is Professor of Soviet History. She teaches Russian and Soviet history and has a specialist interest in women’s history. She is module tutor for the undergraduate History research methods course and supervises a number of History postgraduate students. She also has responsibility for postgraduate research students across the Humanities.

Melanie is author, editor and co-editor of a number of books on Soviet history:

  • Women Workers in the Soviet Interwar Economy: From ‘Protection’ to ‘Equality’ (Macmillan, 1999);
  • Women in the Stalin Era (Palgrave, 2001);
  • (with S.E. Reid and Lynn Attwood) Women in the Khrushchev Era (Palgrave, 2004);
  • Stalin’s Terror Revisited (Palgrave, 2006);
  • (with Jeremy Smith) Soviet State and Society under Nikita Khrushchev (Routledge, 2009);
  • (with Jeremy Smith) Khrushchev in the Kremlin: Policy and Government in the Soviet Union, 1953-1964 (Routledge, 2011);
  • Life Stories of Soviet Women: the Interwar Generation (Routledge, 2013);
  • (with Katalin Miklossy) Competition in Socialist Society (Routledge, 2014).

In addition, she has published numerous journal articles, book chapters and reviews relating to Soviet women’s history. She also writes on ‘victim studies’ of the Great Terror, particularly in relation to Leningrad. Melanie regularly presents papers at national and international conferences. Her current research examines the ethics of oral history and memory studies in the specific post-Soviet Baltic, Russian and East European context. She is also conducting research on the role of Soviet women in the Women’s International Democratic Federation during the Cold War.

Melanie is Honorary Research Fellow at the Centre for Russian and East European Studies, The University of Birmingham. She is also currently the Membership Secretary for the British Association for Slavonic and East European Studies.

Melanie reads a great deal, regularly enjoys spending time with friends, goes to the cinema, concerts and theatre now and then, dances occasionally and eats chocolate almost every day.

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2 thoughts on “Melanie Ilic

  1. Hi Melanie I seem to have lost your email address. I have just sent an email to you to the whole Basees committee by mistake. Could you have a look at it, please!

  2. Kindly pass on to Emilie Ilic.

    I am an old friend of Renita Grigor’eva and would love to have a digital copy of your interview with her in your book about the Soviet interwar generation. We met Moscow 1957 and in Moscow/Yelets 2008. She figures in my autobio.

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