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Alexander Titov

Alexander Titov

Lecturer in Modern European History, Queen's University Belfast

My three main research areas are Russian foreign policy and its links with different interpretations of Russian national identity; history of political thought and national ideologies in the 20th century; and political history in the post-Stalin period for which I am currently working on a new biography of Nikita Khrushchev for Routledge’s ‘Historical Biographies’ series.

I have a strong inter-disciplinary background. I read philosophy and economics at University College London (UCL), and stayed at UCL to do an MA in Legal and Political Theory, followed by a doctoral degree in Russian history at UCL’s School of Slavonic and East European Studies (UCL-SSEES). My academic career took me to the University of Birmingham where I worked as a research fellow on an AHRC-funded project on the Soviet Union under Khrushchev.

Two lecturing appointments followed, first at UCL-SSEES where I taught Russian politics and foreing policy, and then at the University of Leeds, before arriving to Queen’s University Belfast School of History and Anthropology as Lecturer in Modern European History.

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