Dr Kristin Roth-Ey
Lecturer in Modern Russian History
020 7679 8823
I am an historian of modern Russia and the Soviet Union. I grew up in New York, earned my undergraduate degree at Dartmouth College in New Hampshire and then, after one deadly year as an office worker in Washington D.C., expatriated myself, ultimately landing in Moscow. Five years later, I returned to the U.S. to do graduate work in modern European, Russian, and Soviet history, and had the great good fortune to study with Laura Engelstein and Stephen Kotkin at Princeton University, where I completed my Ph.D. in 2003. Prior to joining SSEES, I was an assistant professor at Queens College of the City University of New York and served for two years as a junior scholar at the Harvard Academy for International and Area Studies.
My research concentrates on the intersection of cultural, social, and political dynamics in the post-WWII era. I am especially interested in the history of mass culture - as institutions, technologies, politics, and personal practices - and in exploring its relationship to large-scale social change. Currently, I am completing a monograph about the Soviet Union's mass media boom of the 1950s-1970s (a revised and expanded version of my dissertation, provisionally entitled Soviet Culture in the Media Age). I am also working on shorter pieces about broadcasting and national identity in the USSR and on globalization and the Soviet "sixties." For my next research project, I plan to delve into the cultural politics of Soviet involvement in the post-colonial world, especially with regard to evolving ideas about race and identity inside the USSR.
Teaching and supervision
I teach BA and MA courses in modern Russian and Soviet history, including a MA course on the history of mass culture in the USSR. I am prepared to supervise research students on a range of topics in Soviet history and would particularly welcome proposals from those interested in the post-WWII era and/or cultural history.
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