Simon Huxtable is a historian of post-war Europe focusing in particular on the social and cultural history of Russia from Stalin to Gorbachev. His research on socialist media focuses on the professional dispositions of Soviet journalists, the civic and social role of its press, and on socialist media's role in shaping everyday life practices. Simon was a Research Associate on the Screening Socialism project at Loughborough University (2013-2016), and the co-author with Sabina Mihelj of a monograph on the cultural history of television in socialist Eastern Europe (Cambridge, 2018).
Simon has published articles and book chapters on a wide range of subjects, including the changing nature of 'news' in the post-war USSR, shifting conceptions of Soviet society in Brezhnev era, and memories of perestroika in contemporary Russia and Ukraine. He is currently working on a monograph about Soviet journalism after World War II which explores journalists’ paradoxical attempt to manufacture a public sphere in the absence of free speech, and a civil society under conditions of socialist democracy.
BA Modern History, Royal Holloway, University of London, 2001
MA Social and Cultural History, Birkbeck College, 2006
PhD History, University of London, 2012
Before joining Goldsmiths, Simon taught modern European history and historical methods at Brunel University. He now teaches the BA second and third year courses 'Utopian Visions: The Soviet Experience through the Arts' and 'Modern Revolutions in Comparative Perspective' and the MA module 'Explorations and Debates in History'.