Dr Anastasiia Akulich


I received my BA (2017) and MA (2018) from Durham University History Department before moving to the University of Manchester for my PhD (2018-2022). My PhD thesis, supervised by Professor Zheng Yangwen and Dr Rachel Platonov, re-examined the understudied Russian Orthodox Mission in China with a particular focus on religious practice and Chinese Orthodox clergy. During this time I contributed to John Rylands Library’s ‘Qing: China’s Multilingual Empire’ Exhibition (2021-2022) and wrote several blog posts on Chinese and Manchu-language Bibles held in the Rylands collections. Since completing my PhD I have taught at the University of Manchester (2022-2023) before joining the University of Leeds in August 2023. 

Research interests

My research interests lie at the intersection of Chinese and Russian history with a particular emphasis on intercultural interactions, religious practice and identity formation. I am currently interested in exploring Russophone emigration in 1920s-1940s China. 

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  • Advance HE Fellow (May 2023)
  • PhD History (University of Manchester, March 2022)
  • Advance HE Associate Fellow (February 2021)
  • MA History (Durham University, September 2018)
  • BA History (Durham University, June 2017)

Professional memberships

  • BACS

Student education

In 2023-2024 Academic Leader, I am the module leader for Korean War, Mao Zedong and Modern China and The Rise of Modern Japan. I deliver some of the teaching on Skills and Concepts in Modern History and Consensus and Contention. I supervise Level Three Final Year Projects and Level Two Long Essays. 

Research groups and institutes

  • Empires and Aftermath
  • Politics, Diplomacy, and International History
  • War Studies