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Nailya Shamgunova


Having done both my B.A. and M.Phil degrees at Queens' College, Camrbidge, I worked in education consultancy before embarking on a fully funded PhD project at Churchill College, Cambridge. 

Research Interests

My PhD project it titled 'Anglophone conceptualisations of sexual diversity in the Ottoman Empire, c. 1550 - 1700'. My research focuses on the history of sexuality through the prism of encounter. I am interested in various aspects of early modern transcultural history and history of emotions. 


I teach a number of undergraduate papers, including Paper 16 (Early Modern Europe), Paper 9 (Early Modern British Social and Economic History) and Paper 21 (Empires in World History, c. 1500-1914). I also teach various topics, including Gender, Images and Global History, for the Historical Argument and Practice paper. 


  • Imperial History
  • British social history c.1600-1850
  • Early Modern History

Key Publications

'Conceptualising Sexual Diversity of Pegu and Makassar in Anglophone Discourse, c. 1585–1670', The Journal of the Hakluyt Society, February 2018