Department of History

Alissa Klots

  • Assistant Professor


Russian and Soviet History
Gender History
History of Aging



Soviet History
Sex and Gender: A Global History of the Modern World

Education & Training

  • PhD, Rutgers University, 2017

Representative Publications

"Young Minds – Young Bodies: The Emotional and the Physical in the Late Soviet Discourse on Aging,” The Soviet and Post-Soviet Review, 48:2 (2021): 189-210. Co-authored with Maria Romashova

"Lenin’s Cohort: The First Mass Generation of Soviet Pensioners and Public Activism of the Khrushchev’s Era,” Kritika: Explorations in Russian and Eurasian History, 20:3 (2018): 573-597. Co-authored with Maria Romashova

'The Kitchen Maid as Revolutionary Symbol:  Paid Domestic Labour and the Emancipation of Soviet Women, 1917-1941' in The Palgrave Handbook on Women and Gender in Twentieth-Century Russia and the Soviet Union. Ed. Melanie Ilic (Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2018), 83-100.

"Svetlyi put’: Institut domashnei prislugi kak migratsionnyi kanal i mechanism sotsial’noi mobil’nosti epokhi stalinizma,” [The Radiant Path: Domestic Service as a Migration Channel and Social Mobility Mechanism of the Stalinist Epoch] Novoie Literaturnoie Obozreniie 117:5 (2012): 40-52

Research Interests

I am currently working on a book manuscript The Kitchen Maid That Will Rule the State: Domestic Service in the Soviet Union. The book examines the paradoxes of domestic service in a society that saw the emancipation of women from housework as one of its main goals and central achievements. Gender and aging under socialism are the focus of my next research project, which I am pursuing in collaboration with Maria Romashova at Perm State University (Russia). We explore the meanings of old age and retirement for the first generation of builders of communism and their role in the development of late socialism.