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Humanities and Social Science

Dr Susan Grant


My research interests lie in the social and cultural history of Russia and the Soviet Union, as well as healthcare history and history of sport. My first book examined the construction of the New Soviet Person through physical culture ideology, propaganda and practice. The project to improve the health of both the physical and social body, and to shape the New Soviet Person, was undertaken in different ways in early Soviet Russia (physical culture being just one example). In my current research I examine Soviet nurses and medical workers.

My forthcoming edited volume on Soviet healthcare in comparative and international perspective brings together experts on Russian/Soviet history, medical history and the history of nursing. By analysing professionalisation, practice, gender and crossing borders, the volume reassesses the role of Russia and the Soviet Union in the international history of healthcare. Some of these interests are pursued further in my monograph on the history of Russian/Soviet nursing, and in my new project about Soviet gerontology and aging under socialism.

I teach module options on Modern European and Soviet history, including 'Culture and Revolution in the 1920s' (IS) and 'The Soviet Experience'. I welcome students with dissertation proposals on a variety of topics in Modern European History, especially those on Russian and Soviet history, as well as healthcare history.

Academic appointments

Lecturer in Modern European History, Liverpool John Moores University, 2015 - present


Journal article

Grant S. 2017. Nursing and the Public Health Legacies of the Russian Revolution American Journal of Public Health, >DOI

Grant S. 2015. The American Hospital in Moscow: A Lesson in International Cooperation, 1917-23 MEDICAL HISTORY, 59 :554-574 >DOI >Link

Grant S. 2014. ‘Nurses Across Borders: Displaced Russian and Soviet Nurses after World War One and World War Two’ Nursing History Review, 22 :13-13 >DOI

Grant S. 2014. ‘Bolsheviks, Revolution, and Physical Culture’ The International Journal for the History of Sport, 31 :724-734 >DOI

Grant S. 2011. ‘The Politics of Physical Culture in the 1920s’ Slavonic and East European Review, 89 :494-494 >DOI

Grant S. 2010. The collective agitation of arms and legs: Organising mass physical culture in 1920s Soviet Russia Revolutionary Russia, 23 :93-113 >DOI

Grant S. 2010. The Fizkul'tura generation: Modernizing lifestyles in early Soviet Russia Soviet and Post Soviet Review, 37 :142-165 >DOI

Grant S. 2010. Public and Private Physical Culture: The Soviet State and the Construction of the New Person Robinson, Neil . Irish Slavonic Studies, 23 :60-66

Grant S. 2010. ‘‘‘The Collective Agitation of Arms and Legs”: Revolutionizing Physical Culture Organization, 1924-1934’ Revolutionary Russia: journal of the Study Group on the Russian Revolution, :142-165


Grant S. 2013. Physical Culture and Sport in Soviet Society Propaganda, Acculturation, and Transformation in the 1920s and 1930s Routledge 9780415806954


Grant S. 2017. ‘Nurses in the Soviet Union: Explorations of Gender in State and Society’ Melanie Ilic . Palgrave Handbook on Women and Gender in Twentieth-Century Russia Routledge

Grant S. 2017. Devotion and Revolution: Nursing Values 1917-1970 Willimott A, Neumann M. Rethinking the Russian Revolution as Historical Divide: Tradition, Rupture, and Modernity Routledge. London

Grant S. 2016. From war to peace: Russian nurses, 1917-221 Russia's Home Front in War and Revolution, 1914-22: Book 2: The Experience of War and Revolution :251-272 9780893579265

Grant S. 2016. Creating Cadres of Professional Soviet Nurses, 1936-1941 Grant S. Russian and Soviet Healthcare in International Perspective: Comparing Practice, Gender and Care, 1880-1960 Palgrave Macmillan. London >DOI

Grant S. 2016. ‘From War to Peace: The Fate of Nurses and Nursing under the Bolsheviks’ Adele Lindenmeyr , Christopher Read , Peter Waldron . Russia’s Home Front, 1917-1922: The Experience of War and Revolution Slavica. Bloomington, Indiana

Denton P. 2013. Introduction Denton P. Pharmaceutics The Science of Medicine Design Oxford University Press 9780199655311

Internet publication

Grant S. 2015. Russian Movement Culture and the Construction of the New Soviet Person

Conference publication

Grant S. 2013. Razvitie sestrinskogo dela v Rossii i Sovetskom Soiuze Posternak, A and Kozlovtseva, E . Pravo-Slavnyi Tikhonskii Gumanitarnyi Universitet, Blagotvoritel’nost’ i sotsial’naya politika gosudarstva v Rossii XIX XX vekov

Grant . 2012. From Centre to Periphery: The Effort to Establish Soviet Physical Culture in the National Republics and Provinces in the 1920s Severo-vostok Rossii na rubezhe XIX- XXI vekov: vlast’ i obshchestvo (K 150-letiiu gubernatora Yakutskoi oblasti I. I. Krafta, Severo-vostok Rossii na rubezhe XIX- XXI vekov: vlast’ i obshchestvo (K 150-letiiu gubernatora Yakutskoi oblasti I. I. Krafta

Engagement & Impact

Editorial boards:

Sport, Politics, and History, Member of Editorial Board

Other invited event:

History Perspectives Seminar Series, LJMU, I am co-organising (with my colleague Dr Tom Beaumont) the History Perspectives Seminar Series for the academic year 2016/17. Throughout the academic year we invite experts to share their cutting edge research with staff, graduate, and undergraduate students.

Other Professional Activity:

I have been invited to peer-review book manuscripts and journal articles.