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Mary Buckley’s research interests fall broadly in the field of Soviet and post-Soviet politics, society, history and foreign policy. She is author of The Politics of Unfree Labour in Russia. Human Trafficking and Labour Migration (CUP, 2018), Mobilizing Soviet Peasants: Heroines and Heroes of Stalin’s Fields (Rowman and Littlefield, 2006), Redefining Russian Society and Polity (Westview, 1993), Women and Ideology in the Soviet Union (Harvester/Wheatsheaf and University of Michigan Press, 1989) and Soviet Social Scientists Talking (Macmillan 1986).

She has also edited Perestroika and Soviet Women (CUP, 1992, Co-winner of the Heldt prize), Post-Soviet Women: from the Baltic to Central Asia (CUP, 1997, Co-winner of the Heldt prize) and co-edited Women, Equality and Europe (Macmillan, 1988), Kosovo: Perceptions of War and its Aftermath (Continuum, 2002), Global Responses to Terrorism: 9/11, Afghanistan and Beyond (Routledge, 2003) and The Bush Doctrine and the War on Terrorism: Global responses, global consequences (Routledge, 2006).

Her research has appeared in anthologies and in journals which include Europe-Asia Studies, Journal of Communist Studies and Transition Politics, Social History, European Security, Osteuropa, Journal of Irish and Scottish Studies and Feminist Review. Research topics have covered human trafficking in and out of Russia; Russian policies on incoming labour migrants; Russian expert and public opinion; the Soviet external role in the East European revolutions of 1989; the disintegration of the Soviet state; political groups and crisis in the Gorbachev era; Russian narratives on foreign policy; rural Stakhanovism in the 1930s; gender; and Soviet ideology.

She taught Soviet and post-Soviet politics and society for seventeen years at the University of Edinburgh and was Professor of Politics at Royal Holloway, University of London. She has enjoyed visiting affiliations at the Center for Soviet and East European Studies, University of Michigan; the Kennan Institute of the Woodrow Wilson Center; St. Antony’s college, Oxford; CRASSH, Cambridge; the Russian Academy of Sciences; the Chinese Academy of Sciences; and the Bellagio Center of the Rockefeller Foundation, Italy.