About Victoria Phillips

a Visiting Fellow at the London School of Economics in the Department of International History where I concentrate on cultural diplomacy and issues surrounding soft power. I have a varied career and started my professional life as a dancer. I then moved to creative writing before working at a hedge fund on Wall Street. After raising three daughters, I began my Ph.D. in history at Columbia University. At present, I am particularly interested in women, cultural politics, and biography.

Victoria Phillips is a Visiting Fellow at the London School of Economics in the Department of International History

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NBN Episodes hosted by Victoria:

Ian Hembrow, "Ralph Edwards: Rare Events--The Inside Story of a Worldwide Quest for Safer Medicines" (Springer, 2023)

April 30, 2023

Ralph Edwards: Rare Events

Ian Hembrow

Medical treatments designed to help people can also be harmful or fatal. Around 2.5 million people die this way each year. So if any kind of medicine …

Shelley Fraser Mickle, "Borrowing Life: How Scientists, Surgeons, and a War Hero Made the First Successful Organ Transplant a Reality" (Imagine, 2020)

December 17, 2022

Borrowing Life

Shelley Fraser Mickle

Performed at Boston's Peter Bent Brigham Hospital in 1954, the first successful kidney transplant was the culmination of years of grit, compassion, an…

Neil Baldwin, "Martha Graham: When Dance Became Modern" (Knopf, 2022)

December 17, 2022

Martha Graham

Neil Baldwin

Time magazine called her "the Dancer of the Century." Her technique, used by dance companies throughout the world, became the first long-lasting alter…

Philip Nash, "Clare Boothe Luce: American Renaissance Woman" (Routledge, 2022)

August 23, 2022

Clare Boothe Luce

Philip Nash

Philip Nash's book Clare Boothe Luce: American Renaissance Woman (Routledge, 2022) is a concise and highly readable political biography that examines …

Tinatin Japaridze, "Stalin's Millennials: Nostalgia, Trauma, and Nationalism" (Lexington Books, 2022)

March 22, 2022

Stalin's Millennials

Tinatin Japaridze

Today I talked to Tinatin Japaridze about her book Stalin's Millennials: Nostalgia, Trauma, and Nationalism (Lexington Books, 2022). In this timely i…

Lynn Garafola, "La Nijinska: Choreographer of the Modern" (Oxford UP, 2022)

March 8, 2022

La Nijinska

Lynn Garafola

Lynn Garafola's La Nijinska: Choreographer of the Modern (Oxford UP, 2022) is both readable and rigorous, a rare combination. As a historian and emine…