The holder of a doctorate in history and civilizations from l’École des hautes études en sciences sociales, Larissa Zakharova currently serves as an Associate Professor at EHESS. She is the author of the book S’habiller à la soviétique. La mode et le Dégel en URSS (CNRS Éditions, 2011), and co-edited the special issue entitled “Repenser le Dégel. Versions du socialisme, influences internationales et société soviétique” for Cahiers du monde russe 47 (2006), as well as the book Cacophonie d’empire. Le gouvernement des langues dans l’empire russe, en URSS et dans les États post-soviétiques (CNRS Éditions, 2010). She has also edited a thematic issue on daily life under communism for the review Annales. Histoire, Sciences Sociales 2 (2013). She is currently working on communication tools (post, telephone, and telegraph) and their role in modes of government and the evolution of social relations in the Soviet Union.