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Dr Katy Turton

MA (Aberdeen), PG Diploma (Strathclyde), PhD (Glasgow)

Lecturer in Modern European History

Advisor of Studies (Sem 1)

On Sabbatical Semester 2 2015-16


Katy Turton was an undergraduate at the University of Aberdeen and a postgraduate at the University of Strathclyde and then the University of Glasgow, where she completed a PhD on Lenin's sisters, Anna, Ol'ga and Mariia Ul'ianova. She joined Queen's university Belfast in 2005.

Research Interests

Her main research interests centre around the role of women and family networks in the Russian revolutionary movement. Katy has been examining the family life of Russian revolutionaries using a variety of archival sources and memoirs.

Select Publications



Articles and chapters:

  • 'Children of the revolution: parents, children and the revolutionary struggle in late imperial Russia', in The Journal of the History of Childhood and Youth, Vol. 5, No. 1 (2012)
  • 'The Revolutionary, His Wife, the Party, and the Sympathizer: The Role of Family Members and Party Supporters in the Release of Revolutionary Prisoners' in The Russian Review, lxix (2010).
  • 'Keeping it in the family: surviving political exile, 1870-1917', Canadian Slavonic Papers, x (2010)
  • 'A mother’s love or political statement:  the role of Mariia Aleksandrovna Ul’ianova in her family’s revolutionary struggle' in Women's History Review, xvii (2007) .
  • 'Revolution begins at home?  The life of the First Soviet Family' in Family and Community History, viii (2005).
  • ‘After Lenin: the role of Anna and Mariia Ul’ianova in Soviet society and politics from 1924’ in Revolutionary Russia, xv (2002).

Entry on PURE research portal


Katy Turton is Secretary of the Study Group of the Russian Revolution. Founded in the 1970s, the SGRR promotes new approaches to the study of the Russian Revolution between the 1880s and 1932 by holding an annual international conference and publishing twice-yearly the refereed journal Revolutionary Russia. For more details please go to: