Hi! My name is Alexandrina Vanke. I am a PhD researcher at the Deapertment of Sociology of the University of Manchester currently working on a doctoral project Working-Class Life and Struggle in Post-Soviet Russia.

I also hold the positions of a research fellow at the Federal Centre of Theoretical and Applied Sociology of the Russian Academy of Sciences and a research fellow at the Department of Sociology of the State Academic University for the Humanities.

My research interests include class, gender, the body and sexuality, social emotions, historical memory, and socialized imagination. I specialize in applying qualitative methods of interdisciplinary social research such as interview, participant observation and discourse analysis.

In 2009 I graduated from the Sociological Department of the Lomonosov Moscow State University, in 2010 obtained a master’s degree from the Department of Political Sciences and Sociology of the European University at St. Petersburg. In 2013 I defended my Candidate’s thesis titled Semantics of the Masculine Body in the Space of Social Distinctions at the Institute of Sociology of the Russian Academy of Sciences.

Earlier I taught courses on Discourse Analysis in Sociology and Sociology of Collective Actions at the State Academic University for Humanities, and courses on Sociology and Sociology of Mass Communications at the Russian State University for the Humanities.

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