Judith Pallot is emeritus professor of the University of Oxford and was the first woman on the Governing Body of Christ Church, one of the largest Oxford colleges. For more than forty years she has researched and written on the former Soviet Union and the Russian Federation. She has written nine books and numerous articles covering subjects including the Stolypin Land Reform, household production in the rural peripheries, Soviet spatial planning and, more recently, minorities’ experience of the Russian prison system. Since 2016 she has been President of BASEES (the British Association for Slavonic and East European Studies). She currently divides her time between Oxford and the Aleksanteri Institute, the University of Helsinki, where she has a European Research Advanced grant for her research on Russian prisons.