Personal profile

Academic Background

Dr Nailya Shamgunova is a historian of early modern travel and encounter, with a particular interest in history of gender and sexuality. She studied at Queens' and Churchill colleges, University of Cambridge. Her graduate studies focused on vernacular English conceptualisations of sexuality and human difference around the world in the early modern period, with a particular focus on English contacts with the Ottoman Empire. Before joining UEA, she worked as a Stipendiary Lecturer at Pembroke College, University of Oxford, and as a Fellow in History of Empire at the London School of Economics and Political Science. At the LSE, Dr Shamgunova led a Master's programme in history of empires and globalisation, taught comparative imperial history and designed and delivered an award-winning module in global early modern queer history. Dr Shamgunova is passionate about outreach and has worked with various NGOs and initiatives over the years, including European Human Rights Advocacy Centre at the University of Middlesex. 

Teaching Interests

Dr Shamgunova welcomes BA and MA dissertation projects on any aspects of queer history and on early modern travel and encounter. Previous supervised projects include dissertations on lesbianism in Republican China, gay movements in 1970s Italy, and Russo-Chinese contacts in the 17th century. 

Research Group or Lab Membership

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy, University of Cambridge

1 Oct 201630 Aug 2021

Award Date: 30 Aug 2021

Master of Philosophy, University of Cambridge

1 Oct 201418 Jul 2015

Award Date: 18 Jul 2015

Bachelor of Arts, University of Cambridge

1 Oct 201126 Jun 2014

Award Date: 26 Jun 2014


  • Global & Transnational History
  • Queer History
  • Early Modern History