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Emma Friedlander

Graduate Student Affiliate


Emma Friedlander

Emma Friedlander is a Ph.D. student in history at Harvard University. She studies the cultural and social history of the late Soviet Union and its successor states, especially Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, Ukraine, and Russia. Her dissertation looks at the popularity of alternative spirituality and alternative medicine in the region in the 1970s-90s, with a particular eye to class, gender, and global trends.

Before Harvard, Friedlander graduated from Grinnell College with a BA in history and Russian in 2018.


  • Ph.D. Student in History, Harvard University
  • Graduate Student Affiliate, Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies, Harvard University

Areas of Expertise

Soviet Union
Former Soviet Union
Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, Ukraine, Russia
Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies