My dissertation is a comparative intellectual and social history of the forced labor and reeducation in the Soviet Union and in the twentieth-century China.

I received a doctoral degree in modern Chinese literature from St. Petersburg State University in 2017. 


Alexandra Noi, Evoliutsiia personosfery kitaiskoi prozy vtoroi poloviny XX veka [The Evolution of the Character Portrayal in Chinese Prose of the Second Half of the 20th century] (St. Petersburg: Renome, 2024)

My book was selected to be featured in a top list of books at the “Non/Fiction” book fair in Moscow, April 4-7, 2024.

Chapters in edited volumes

Alexandra Noi, “Ex-prisoners of the Gulag in the Siberian Expeditions,” iInvisible Labour in Modern Science, ed. by Jenny Bangham, Xan Chacko, and Judith Kaplan (Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, 2022), pp. 81–88.

Peer-reviewed articles

Alexandra Nikitina, “The Song of Ouyang Hai: The Destruction of an Ideal Hero,” Archiv Orientalni: Journal of African and Asian Studies, 83 (Prague, 2015), pp. 117–136.

Instructor of Record:

Summer 2023: History of the Soviet Union (HIST135C) 

Graduate Teaching Assistant:

Fall 2022: Science and the Modern World (HIST 20)

Summer 2021: Introduction to the Research University (INT W 20)

Spring 2021: Modern Europe, 18th century–Present (HIST 4C) 

Winter 2021: Science and Technology in the Cold War (HIST105CW) 

Fall 2020: World History, c. 1000–1700 (HIST 2B)

Summer 2020: Introduction to the Research University (INT W 20)

Spring 2020: Modern Europe, 18th century–Present (HIST 4C) 

Winter 2020: Medieval and Early Modern Europe (HIST 4B) 

Fall 2019: World History, 1700–Present (HIST 2C)

Guest lectures:

“The Soviet Gulag and its Memory,” in SLAV182 Russia and its Prisoners from Dostoyevsky to Navalny (Spring 2024, UCSB)

“Russo-Ukrainian War as a Legacy of Soviet and post-Soviet History,” in HIST5 History of the Present (Fall 2023, UCSB)

“The Soviet Gulag,” in HIST135 History of Russia (Winter 2020, UCSB)

“Convict Labor and its Legacies in the 20th century Russia and China,” in HIST2C World History (Fall 2019, UCSB)

Modern Chinese Literature at Moscow State Linguistic University (2017-2018)

Language Instructor:
Chinese (Mandarin) and Classical Chinese at St. Petersburg State University, Department of Asian and African Studies (2013-2016)
Chinese (Mandarin) at the Confucius Institute of St. Petersburg State University (2011-2016)


ASEEES Cohen-Tucker Dissertation Completion Fellowship (2024-2025)

UCSB China Studies Ph.D. Student Research Award (2024)

Ann & Stuart Rappaport Prize (2024) for the best dissertation chapter on European History

UCSB History Department Dissertation Fellowship (Spring 2024)

UCSB Center for Cold War Studies and International History Fellowship (Winter 2024)

UCSB Humanities and Social Sciences Research Grant (2023-2024)

Hoover Institution Silas Palmer Fellowship (2023-2024)

UCSB Robert O. Collins Prize (2023) for the publication of “Ex-prisoners of the Gulag in the Siberian Expeditions,” iInvisible Labour in Modern Science, ed. by Jenny Bangham, Xan Chacko, and Judith Kaplan (Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, 2022), pp. 81–88.

ASEEES Internship Grant Program (2023-2024)

UCSB Graduate Student Internship Fellowship (Summer 2023)

Participant in Hoover Institution Workshop on Authoritarianism and Democratic Breakdown, July 2022

Summer Research Laboratory Associate at the Russian, East European, and Eurasian Center (REEEC) and the Slavic Reference Service (SRS), University of Illinois (2022)

Kenneth Mouré and Sara Norquay Graduate Student Award (2022)

Research Travel Grant, UCSB History Department and the Financial Aid Committee (2022)

Lawrence Badash Prize (2021)

Richard ’59 And Jeanne Williams Endowed Graduate Fellowship (2021)

History Associates Graduate Fellowship (2020)

John Coleman Award (2020)

Predissertation Travel Grant to China, Henry Luce Foundation/ACLS Program in China Studies (2020/2022)

Emil Steck Jr. Fellowship (UCSB) (2018-2019)

UCSB Chancellor’s Fellowship (2018-2024)

Training Program for Overseas Sinologists organized by the PRC Ministry of Culture and Chinese Writers’ Association (Beijing, 2015)

Library Travel Grant from Chiang Ching-kuo Foundation and European Association for Chinese Studies (2012), University of London, School of Asian and African Studies 

Fulbright Fellowship (2012-2013) Finalist (Alternate)

Chinese Consulate General in St. Petersburg Scholarship (2008-2009) Language Trainee Program at Central China Normal University (Wuhan)

Fulbright Fellowship (2008-2009) Semifinalist 

Chinese Embassy in Moscow Scholarship (2006-2007) Exchange Program at North-Eastern Normal University (Changchun)


Organizer and member of UCSB History Kruzhok (reading group in the history of Russia, Eastern Europe, and Eurasia)

Member of UCSB interdisciplinary Memory studies group

More about me   

Podcast with me about the legacies of carceral regimes in Russia and China (UCSB Orfalea Center for Global & International Studies)

Moderating the discussion of the documentary “Women of the Gulag” (UCSB Carsey-Wolf Center)