Anna Krylova

Associate Professor of History and the Program in Gender, Sexuality and Feminism Studies

External address: 
209 Carr Bldg, Durham, NC 27710
Internal office address: 
Box 90719, Durham, NC 27708-0719
(919) 684-3871
Office hours: 

By appointment


Anna Krylova is Associate Professor of History and the Program in Gender, Sexuality and Feminism Studies. A gender historian, she works on Russia in the twentieth century and the challenges of envisioning and building a socialist alternative in the age of industrial and post-industrial modernity and globalization. She is broadly interested in feminist theory and questions of theory and practice in contemporary historical writing, with a special focus on problematics in gender history. One of her intellectual agendas in particular has been devoted to recommencing an active dialogue between gender historians and scholars working in the fields of lesbian and gay studies, queer theory and transgender studies.

She is the author of Soviet Women in Combat: A History of Violence on the Eastern Front (Cambridge University Press, 2010) which was awarded the 2011 Herbert Baxter Adams Prize of the American Historical Association. The book explores historical and theoretical ways of conceptualizing heterosexual subjectivity, sexual difference, and gender forms other than along imperatives of binary oppositions. It interrogates the definitional parameters of the gender category and the kind of theoretical challenges such parameters have produced for a scholar who analyzes heterosexual but not heteronormative subjectivities, the critique that is fully developed in “Gender Binary: The Limits of Poststructuralist Method,” Gender & History (2016)

Her second book project, provisionally titled Imagining Socialism in the Soviet Century, undertakes a reassessment of the socialist feminist tradition in modern Europe and Russia. In the latter context, it questions the two linear narratives of modern Russian history: Soviet historiography that posits uninterrupted progress of women’s liberation in the twentieth century and feminist scholarship outside the Soviet Union that traces the sharp de-radicalization of the Bolshevik socialist-feminist agenda in the 1920s and its reversal during Stalinist industrialization in the 1930s. The project uses the gender trajectories of socialist feminism to engage the current debate about the fundamental characteristics assigned to the Bolshevik project and the Soviet Union’s encounter with socialism in the twentieth century. She is also preparing a historiographical manuscript, The Practice of History in the Twenty-First Century, featuring essays accessing of what has happened to the practice of history after the theoretical and epistemological turmoil of the 1980s-1990s.

Most recently, she has participated in an AHR Conversation “History after the End of History: Re-conceptualizing the Twentieth Century,” American Historical Review, December 2016 and is the author of “Gender Binary and the Limits of Poststructuralist Method,” Gender and History, August 2016; “Bolshevik Feminism and Gender Agendas of Communism,” in Silvio Pons and Stephen Smith, eds., World Revolution and Socialism in One Country (Cambridge University Press, 2017); “Imaging Socialism in the Soviet Century,” Social History, August 2017; and “Soviet Modernity: Stephen Kotkin and the Bolshevik Predicament,” Contemporary European History, May 2014.  She has been Fellow at the National Humanities Center; George Kennan Member at the Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton; Fellow at Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies at Harvard University, and visiting scholar at the Institute of Eastern European History at Tubingen University (Germany). Her work has been supported by the Mellon Faculty Book Manuscript Workshop Fellowship, SSRC, and IREX.



Ph.D., History, 2001, Johns Hopkins University. 

M.A., History, 1998, Johns Hopkins University.

M.A., Political Science, 1995, Johns Hopkins University.

Awards and Honors

Fellow, National Humanities Center, 2013-2014.

Member, School of Historical Studies, Institute for Advanced Study, Spring Term, 2013.

2011 Herbert Baxter Adams Prize of the American Historical Association, awarded for the best first book in European history.

2008-2009 Mellon Faculty Book Manuscript Workshop Fellowship, John Hope Franklin Humanities Institute, Duke University.

2006-2010 Hunt Family Assistant Professor of History, Duke University.

2005-2002 Post-Doctoral Fellowship, Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies, Harvard University.

1998-1999 Social Science Research Council Dissertation Write-up Grant.

1999 Stulman Graduate Student, Department of History, Johns Hopkins University.

1997-1998 IREX Individual Advanced Research Opportunities Fellowship.

1997-1998 Pre-Dissertation Fellowship Award, Association for Women in Slavic Studies.



Education & Training

  • Ph.D., Johns Hopkins University 2000

  • M.A., Johns Hopkins University 1998

Krylova, A. "“Neither Erased nor Remembered: Soviet “Women Combatants” and Cultural Strategies of Forgetting In Soviet Russia, 1940s-1980s"." In Histories of the Aftermath: The European Postwar in Comparative Perspective,edited by F Biess and RG Moeller, 83-101. Berghahn Books, 2010. (Chapter)

Krylova, A. "Identity, Agency, and the First Soviet Generation." In Generations in 20th Century Europe,edited by S Lovell, 101-121. Palgrave Macmillan, 2007. (Chapter)

Krylova, A. "’Dancing on the Graves of the Dead’ or Building a World War II Memorial in Post-Soviet Russia." In Memory and The Impact of Political Transformation in Public Space,edited by DJ Walkowitz and LM Knauer, 83-102. Duke University Press, 2004. (Chapter)

Kylova, and A, . "In Their Own Words? Autobiographies of Women Writers, 1930-1946." In A History of Women's Writing in Russia,edited by A Barker and J Gheith, 243-276. Cambridge University Press, 2002. (Chapter)

Krylova, A. "’Ved ne mozhesh’ ty vechno zhit’ moeii zhizniiu:’ Lichnow I lichnost’ v predvoennoi sovetskoi literature I obshchestve." In Sotsialisticheskii Kanon,edited by H Giunter and E Dobrenko. St. Petersburg: Akademicheskii proekt, 2000.

Kylova, and A, . "Revoliutsionnyi diskurs." In Oktiabr’ 1917: Smysl I znachenie,edited by VT Loginov. Moscow: Gorbachev-Fond, 1998.

Kylova, and A, . "Teaching Cultural History: Russian and Soviet Literature as Historical Documents." In Urgent Problems of Teaching Russian History in Russian and American Universities,edited by P Kabytov. Samara State University, 1998.

Kylova, and A, . "’Saying Lenin and Meaning Party’: Subversion and Laughter in Late Soviet Society." In Consuming Russia: Popular Culture, Sex and Society since Gorbachev,edited by A Barker and S Ramet, 243-265. Duke University Press, 1998. (Chapter)

Krylova, A. "Imagining socialism in the Soviet century." Social History 42, no. 3 (July 3, 2017): 315-341. Full Text Open Access Copy

Goswami, M, Hecht, G, Khalid, A, Krylova, A, Thompson, EF, Zatlin, JR, and Zimmerman, A. "AHR Conversation: History after the End of History: Reconceptualizing the Twentieth Century ." The American Historical Review 121, no. 5 (December 2016): 1567-1607. Full Text Open Access Copy

"Introduction: The Economic Turn and Modern Russian History." The Soviet and Post-Soviet Review 43, no. 3 (October 24, 2016): 265-270. Full Text Open Access Copy

Krylova, A. "Gender Binary and the Limits of Poststructuralist Method." Gender & History 28, no. 2 (August 2016): 307-323. Full Text Open Access Copy

Goswami, M, Hecht, G, Khalid, A, Krylova, A, Thompson, EF, Zatlin, JR, and Zimmerman, A. "History after the end of history: Reconceptualizing the twentieth century." American Historical Review 121, no. 5 (January 1, 2016): 1567-1607. (Review)

Krylova, A. "Soviet Modernity: Stephen Kotkin and The Bolshevik Predicament." Contemporary European History 23 (May 2014): 167-192. Open Access Copy

Krylova, A. "The Tenacious Liberal Subject in Soviet Studies." Kritika: Explorations in Russian and Eurasian History 1, no. Winter 2000 (2000): 119-146.

"The Economic Turn and Modern Russian History." Edited by A Krylova and E Osokina. Soviet and Post-Soviet Review 43, no. 3 (2016): 265-270. (Special issue)