Emily Lobenstein

Email: elobenstein@wisc.edu

Advisors: Francine Hirsch and Mary Louise Roberts

Emily Lobenstein


I am interested in the media environment of the perestroika-era Soviet Union, as well as the Eastern Bloc as a whole in the 1980’s and 1990’s. My research looks primarily at evolving understandings of gender and sexual norms and the ways in which they were perpetuated, created, and resisted in film, television, pornography, literature, magazines, and art.


M.A., University of Wisconsin – Madison, 2017
B.A., Knox College – 2015


  • European History

MA Title

  • “Only the Most Vulgar”: Sex, Beauty, and Pageantry in Perestroika-Era Soviet Russia, 1988-1991

Working Dissertation Title

  • “‘Everything is allowed that is not forbidden’: Media, Pornography, and Perestroika”

Selected Publications

  • “A Red Hot Cold War.” Notches. Summer, 2018.

Selected Awards

  • Kate Everest Levi Second-Year Paper Prize.