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Nick Mayhew

nick mayhew


Jesus College

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I am interested in gender and sexuality in Russia. My work in this field covers a broad chronology. I am currently preparing a book based on my doctoral research, entitled Queer Traditions in Early Modern Russia. My next major project will explore the emergence of laws against homosexuality in Imperial Russia from a cross-cultural perspective.


  • ‘Banning Spiritual Brotherhoods and Establishing Marital Chastity in Sixteenth- and Seventeenth-Century Muscovy and Ruthenia’, Palaeoslavica, Vol. 25, No. 2 (September 2017), 80-108.
  • ‘Eunuchs and Ascetic Masculinity in Kievan Rus’, The Medieval History Journal, Vol. 21, No. 1 (April 2018), 1-17.
  • ‘Gender, Sexuality and Marriage’, Modern Russia, ed. Jeremy Tasch & Slava Yastremski (in press, forthcoming with ABC-CLIO in October 2018).
  • ‘The Queer Marriage of Peter and Fevroniia’, Russian History (peer-reviewed and accepted for publication).
  • ‘Reading the Body: Hesychasm in the Life of Saint Stephen, Bishop of Perm’, Rossica Antiqua, Vol. 14, No. 2 (March 2018), 63-78.

Conference Papers

  • ‘Spiritual Brotherhoods: A Comparison of Slavic and Byzantine Manuscript Traditions’ at the 7th International Hilandar Conference (Columbus, Ohio, June 2018).
  • ‘Same-Sex Commitment in Premodern Russia’ at Cam Queer History (Cambridge, February 2018).
  • Deconstructing the Heterosexual Man in Russian Orthodox Historiography’ at Beyond Putin: Masculinity in Russia and the Caucasus (Bristol, June 2017).
  • ‘Gender Nonconformity in the Tsardom of Russia’ at the International Medieval Congress (Leeds, June 2017).
  • ‘On the Legal Terminology for Same-Sex Desire in Imperial Russia’ at What is and how to do LGBT History (Liverpool, March 2017).


  • SL1: Introduction to Russian Culture
  • SL2: The History and Culture of Early Rus
  • CS5: The Body
  • SLA1: Russian for Beginners
  • SLB2: Russian Translation
  • SLC2: Russian Text and Culture

Languages (in addition to English)

Near-native fluency: Russian

Excellent knowledge: Church Slavonic, French, German

Basic knowledge: Byzantine Greek, Swedish