Dr Claire Knight
Claire hails from Ontario, Canada, where she completed her first degrees in History and Education before emigrating to the UK. She worked as an archives assistant at the Churchill Archives Centre during her first year on this fair isle, and learned a great many amusing anecdotes about the wartime British Prime Minister. Her store of humourous quips and witty quotations well-stocked, she then undertook an MPhil in Russian Studies, followed by a PhD in Slavonic Studies at the University of Cambridge. Claire has taught in the Slavonic Dept. at Cambridge and the History Dept. at King’s College London, and held the Max Hayward Visiting Fellow postdoc at St Antony’s College, University of Oxford. In 2018, she joined the Russian Dept. at the University of Bristol, where she enjoys teaching the next generation about the outrageousness of socialist realism and the Stalin cult.
Claire is currently completing her first monograph, entitled Stalin’s Final Films: Soviet Postwar Cinema, 1945-53, to be published with Cornell in 2023. Her new research project explores the Sovietization of British media (cinema, radio & newspapers) during the heady days of the ‘Russia Craze’ that swept the UK in 1941-45—a very different era indeed from the present historical moment.