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Senior lecturer, Monash University

Expert in 20th century Russian, Soviet, and Central Asian history with a focus on the history of medicine and health. Author of two books: Curative Powers: Medicine and Empire in Stalin's Central Asia (2003) and Lamaze: An International History (2014). The latter study traces one method of natural childbirth from the USSR to France to the US. It won the Keller-Sierra Prize from the Western Association of Women's Historians, was shortlisted for the NSW Premier's History Prize, and received honourable mention for the Association for Women in Slavic Studies' Heldt Prize. Michaels is currently at work on a book-length study of psychological trauma that seeks to view this history afresh through the lens of gender.

Extensive in-country experience in Russia, Ukraine, and Kazakhstan


  • –present
    Senior Lecturer of Modern History, Monash University


  • 1997 
    University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, PhD/History