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Jonathan Waterlow received his PhD (DPhil) from the University of Oxford in 2012. He went on to hold a British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowship at St Antony’s College, Oxford, and was a Research Associate at the University of Bristol from 2016-18. He’s also been a Visiting Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Toronto, and studied at the Universities of Edinburgh, St Andrews, and the Herzen State Pedagogical University in St Petersburg, Russia. He’s a founder at Voices in the Dark (, where he writes and podcasts.

More than Resistance: Political Humour under Stalin in the 1930s


I contributed a chapter to an edited collection which explored the role of humour and satire in world history. The volume grew from an international conference held in Freiburg, Germany.

You can preview the book’s contents on the publisher’s website here.

Book description:

Humour can be used as a ‘weapon’ or as a means of coping with problematic historical events, especially in times of war and crisis. The book presents examples from different cultures (Russia, Europe, USA), from different historical epochs (from the Napoleonic era up to the current time) and from different media (caricature, journalism, film).

By looking at the individual cases it becomes possible to recognize some general structural patterns and to gain a deeper insight into the ‘functioning’ of humour and laughter.

Jonathan Waterlow