Dr. Pavel Vasilyev

HSE University St. Petersburg
Ort: 198099 St. Petersburg
Universität: HSE University St. Petersburg
Mitglied seit 30.04.2012
Telefon: +79217752770



B.A. (Specialist Degree), Modern Russian History, St. Petersburg State University, 2009
M.A., Central European History & Jewish Studies, Central European University (Budapest), 2010 (M.A. thesis title: "Poisons of Civilization, Remnants of Capitalism, or Jewish Disease? Drug Addiction in Russian and German Medical Texts from the 1870s to the 1930s")
Ph.D., Contemporary Russian History, St. Petersburg Institute of History of the Russian Academy of Sciences, 2013 (dissertation title: "Drug Addiction in Petrograd/Leningrad, 1917-1929: A Social Problem and the Search for Its Solution").


Russian, English, German, Hebrew

Wissenschaftliches Profil


history of emotions, history of crime and legal history, history of drugs, history of medicine and health care, social and cultural history of late Imperial and Soviet Russia, history of St. Petersburg, gender history, comparative history.


Department of History


Refereed Journal Articles

2019 “A Revolutionary Feeling of Justice? Emotion and Legal Judgment in Late Imperial and Early Soviet Russia.” Oñati Socio-Legal Series 9 (special issue on judging, emotion and emotion work) (forthcoming)
2018 “Drug Addiction and the Practice of Public Health in Late Imperial and Early Soviet Russia.” Vestnik of Saint Petersburg University. History 63, no. 4: 1100-1119
2018 “Sex and Drugs and Revolutionary Justice: Negotiating ‘Female Criminality’ in the Early Soviet Courtroom.” The Journal of Social Policy Studies 16, no. 2: 341-354
2017 “Beyond Dispassion: Emotions and Judicial Decision-Making in Modern Europe.” Rechtsgeschichte - Legal History 25: 277-285
2017 “Revolutionary Conscience, Remorse and Resentment: Emotions and Early Soviet Criminal Law, 1917-1922.” Historical Research 90, no. 247: 117-133 (one of the journal’s top 20 most downloaded recent papers)
2011 “Medical Science, the State, and the Construction of the Juvenile Drug Addict in Early Soviet Russia.” Social Justice: A Journal of Crime, Conflict, and World Order 38, no. 4: 31-52

Book Chapters

2019 (with Gian Marco Vidor) “Prisoners: Experiencing the Criminal Other.” In Encounters with Emotions: Negotiating Cultural Differences since Early Modernity, eds. Benno Gammerl, Philipp Nielsen and Margrit Pernau, 184-206. New York: Berghahn Books
2019 “Reassessing the ‘Drug-Free’ Country: Drug Abuse, the Soviet State, and Contemporary Russian Drug Policy.” In Prohibitions and Psychoactive Substances in History, Culture and Theory, ed. Susannah Wilson. New York and Abingdon: Routledge
2017 “Flirting With the Market: The Early Soviet Government and the Private Provision of Health Care, 1917-1932.” In Health, Technologies, and Politics in Post-Soviet Settings: Navigating Uncertainties, eds. Olga Zvonareva, Evgeniya Popova and Klasien Horstman, 37-61. London: Palgrave Macmillan
2016 “Medical and Criminological Constructions of Drug Addiction in Late Imperial and Early Soviet Russia.” In Global Anti-Vice Activism, 1890-1950: Fighting Drink, Drugs, and 'Immorality', eds. Jessica Pliley, Harald Fischer-Tiné and Robert Kramm-Masaoka, 179-202. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press
2016 “War, Revolution, and Drugs: 'Democratization' of Drug Abuse and the Evolution of Drug Policy in Russia, 1914-1924.” In Russia’s Home Front in War and Revolution 1914–1922, Book 2: The Experience of War and Revolution, eds. Adele Lindenmeyr, Christopher Read and Peter Waldron, 411-430. Bloomington, IN: Slavica Publishers
2011 “Alimentary and Pellagra Psychoses in Besieged Leningrad.” In Food and War in Twentieth Century Europe, eds. Rachel Duffett, Alain Drouard and Ina Zweiniger-Bargielowska, 111-121. Aldershot: Ashgate

Book Reviews

2018 Review of Tsuyoshi Hasegawa, Crime and Punishment in the Russian Revolution: Mob Justice and Police in Petrograd, in Social History 43, no. 4: 547-549
2017 Review of Lena Gautam, Recht und Ordnung: Mörder, Verräter und Unruhestifter vor spätzarischen Kriminalgerichten 1864–1917, H-Soz-Kult, 22 December 2017,
2017 Review of Mark Lawrence Schrad, Vodka Politics: Alcohol, Autocracy, and the Secret History of the Russian State, in History: The Journal of the Historical Association 102, no. 351: 506-507
2012 Review of Howard Markel, An Anatomy of Addiction: Sigmund Freud, William Halsted, and the Miracle Drug Cocaine, in Ukraina Moderna 19: 290-295

Förderbeginn 2011