Mollie Arbuthnot, Ph.D.

Mollie Arbuthnot, Ph.D.

Visiting Lecturer in Social Sciences
Department of General Education

Ph.D. in Russian Studies

University of Manchester, U.K.


Dr. Mollie Arbuthnot is a cultural historian who comes from Cardiff, UK. Her research interests are visual propaganda, heritage, and material culture in the Soviet Union, with a special focus on Central Asia.  She has been teaching in the U.K. higher education system since 2017 and holds Associate Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy (UK).


Dr. Arbuthnot completed her Ph.D. in Russian Studies at the University of Manchester (U.K.), which focused on Soviet propaganda posters in Uzbekistan in the 1920s and 1930s. Since then, she has taught various aspects of history, cultural studies, and the history of art at Durham University and the University of Cambridge, where she is currently a research fellow.


Her research has been published in the journal Slavic Review and as chapters in several books, most recently in “Picturing Russian Empire” (Oxford University Press), and she is currently working on her first monograph.


Dr. Arbuthnot has received her Ph.D. degree from the University of Manchester, an MA degree from the Courtauld Institute of Art, and a BA degree from the University of Cambridge.