Lara is a historian of modern and contemporary Russia, with a particular emphasis on networks, violence, and gender. She is currently working on a book manuscript, tentatively titled The Russian Free Press Fund and the Russian Revolutionary Emigration, 1881-1926: Local, National, and Transnational Networks. Lara is also beginning work on a new project 'Violent Women in Russia, 1864-Present Day: From Penal Reform to Pussy Riot'.
She has recently published an article in History of European Ideas, co-authored articles in British Journal of Educational Studies and Publishing History, and has an article forthcoming in Anarchist Studies.
Lara joined the department in 2021 after teaching at Durham University, UK.