I am a History PhD candidate at Harvard University and a scholar of the Soviet Union and Modern Ukraine.  My research explores how Soviets thought about human age, from the Soviet Union’s birth to its death. I focus on the ways in which science, politics, and society came together to create dominant norms and perceptions of chronological age and lifespan over the course of the Soviet twentieth century, arguing that ideas about age mirrored the aging of the Soviet state and reflected both its visions of and fears for the future.

At Harvard I work with Serhii Plokhii and Terry Martin. BA Brigham Young University (Russian, Women's/Gender Studies).

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Harvard University

History Department
Robinson Hall
Cambridge, MA 02138
danielle_leavitt@g.harvard.edu