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David Brandenberger, Associate Professor at the University of Richmond, received his Ph.D. from Harvard University. He has written on Stalin-era propaganda, ideology and nationalism in journals like Russian Review, Kritika, Europe-Asia Studies, Jahrbucher fur Geschichte Osteuropas and Voprosy istorii. These subjects inform his books as well, including the recent Propaganda State in Crisis: Soviet Ideology, Indoctrination and Terror under Stalin, 1928-1941 (Yale University Press). He is presently completing a full critical edition of Stalin's infamous Short Course on party history with Mikhail Zelenov for Yale.
Sarah Davies, Senior Lecturer in History at Durham University, specializes in the cultural, social and political history of the Soviet Union in the Stalin era (1920s-1953). Her first book, Popular Opinion in Stalin's Russia (Cambridge University Press) was awarded the Alec Nove prize. She received AHRC funding for a project on Stalin's personal archive, which has resulted in a forthcoming monograph, Stalin on Stalinism, jointly-authored with James Harris (Leeds). With Harris, she co-edited Stalin: A New History (Cambridge University Press). She also has interests in Soviet cinema and the culture of the Cold War.
J. Arch Getty
J. Arch Getty is a Professor of History at the University of California, Los Angeles. He received B.A. (University of Pennsylvania) and Ph.D. (Boston College) degrees in 1972 and 1979. He specializes in the Stalin period and the history of the Soviet Communist Party. His approach is social, political, and structural and he insists that Soviet history can be studied with the same methodologies we use on other times, places, and systems. His books and articles on the Stalin period of Russian history have been published in the US, England, France, Germany, Spain, Hungary, Japan and Russia. His books from Yale University Press include The Road to Terror: Stalin and the Self-Destruction of the Bolsheviks, 1932-1939, Yezhov: the Rise of Stalin's 'Iron Fist' and Practicing Stalinism: Boyars, Bolsheviks and the Persistence of Tradition.
James Harris is Senior Lecturer in Modern European History at the University of Leeds. He is the author of The Great Urals: Regionalism and the Evolution of the Soviet System (Cornell University Press), co-editor (with Sarah Davies) of Stalin: A New History (Cambridge University Press) and editor of Anatomy of Terror: Political Violence under Stalin (Oxford University Press). He is currently completing two monographs: The Great Fear: The Origins of Stalin's Terror and Stalin on Stalinism: The Dictator and his World (with Sarah Davies).
Stephen Kotkin is Rosengarten Professor of Modern and Contemporary History, and Vice Dean of the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, at Princeton University, where he has been teaching since 1989. He served on the core editorial committee of the journal, World Politics, for many years. From 2003 until 2007, he was a member and then chair of the editorial board at Princeton University Press. He also directed the Program in Russian and Eurasian Studies for 13 years (1996-2009) and currently runs the Global History Workshop. Outside Princeton, he serves as the lead academic consultant in emerging markets for the World Pension Forum, an umbrella organization for institutional investors, and serves as a consultant, investigator, and strategist for the Open Society Institute (Soros), Ford Foundation, and other agencies in post-Communist higher education.
Mark Kramer is Director of the Cold War Studies Program at Harvard University and a Senior Fellow of Harvard's Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies. He has published books and articles on a wide variety of topics and is editor of the Journal of Cold War Studies, a quarterly journal published by MIT Press, and of the Harvard Cold War Studies Book Series, published by Rowman & Littlefield.
Timothy Naftali taught history at a number of universities, including the University of Virginia, where he also served as director of the Presidential Recordings Program at the Miller Center of Public Affairs. Naftali was a consultant to the Nazi War Crimes and Japanese Imperial Government Records Interagency Working Group and was also a consultant on the history of U.S. counterterrorism policy to the "9/11 Commission." He is the author, with Aleksandr Fursenko, of Khrushchev's Cold War: The Inside Story of an American Adversary.
Ron Suny is currently the Charles Tilly Collegiate Professor of Social and Political History at the University of Michigan and Emeritus Professor of Political Science and History at the University of Chicago. A graduate of Swarthmore College and Columbia University, he has taught at Oberlin College, the University of California, Irvine, Stanford University, and the University of Chicago. Professor Suny's intellectual interests have centered on the non-Russian nationalities of the Russian Empire and the Soviet Union, particularly those of the South Caucasus (Armenia, Azerbaijan, and Georgia). He has completed a biography of the young Stalin up to the October Revolution for Oxford University Press.