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Feminists in the Maidan

Guest: Emily Channell-Justice is a postdoctoral fellow in the Havighurst Center for Russian and post-Soviet Studies at Miami University. Her research focuses on leftwing and student activism in Ukraine particularly during the Maidan protests of 2013 and 2014. Her most recent article is “We’re Not Just Sandwiches”: Europe, Nation, and Feminist (Im)Possibilities on Ukraine’s Maidan”...

Duration: 00:40:45

The Early Modern Russian Empire

Guest: Nancy Kollmann is the William H. Bonsall Professor of History at Stanford University specializing in early modern Russia. She’s the author of several books including Crime and Punishment in Early Modern Russia; By Honor Bound: State and Society in Early Modern Russia; and Kinship and Politics: The Making of the Muscovite Political System, 1345-1547....

Duration: 00:36:18

Women, Resistance, and Revolution

Guest: Sheila Rowbotham is known internationally as an historian of feminism and radical social movements. She is the author of the ground-breaking books Women, Resistance and Revolution; Woman’s Consciousness, Man’s World; and Hidden from History among several others published by Verso. Music: Bikini Kill, “Rebel Girl,” Pussy Whipped, 1993.

Duration: 00:40:12

Retrospective on Stalinism

Guest: Sheila Fitzpatrick is Bernadotte E. Schmitt Distinguished Service Professor Emerita at the University of Chicago and a Honorary Professor at the University of Sydney. She’s the author numerous books and articles on Soviet history including A Spy in the Archives: A Memoir of Cold War Russia; Tear off the Masks! Identity and Imposture in...

Duration: 00:46:01

SRB on This is Hell!

About two weeks ago I had the pleasure of being on This is Hell!, one of my favorite leftwing podcasts to talk about Russia, Navalny, protest, and Putin. Chuck and his crew were kind enough to let me re-purpose the interview as part of the SRB Podcast. Enjoy!

Duration: 00:26:49

Stalin’s Last Days

Guest: Joshua Rubenstein is an associate of the Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies at Harvard University. He was also an organizer and regional director for Amnesty International USA for thirty-seven years. He’s the author of many books including Leon Trotsky: A Revolutionary’s Life, Tangled Loyalties: The Life and Times of Ilya Ehrenburg, and...

Duration: 00:34:20

Russia and Its Near Abroad

Guest: Gerard Toal is a Professor in the School of Public and International Affairs at Virginia Tech. He writes about US foreign policy, geopolitics, and territorial conflicts. He’s co-author with Carl Dahlman of Bosnia Remade: Ethnic Cleansing and Its Reversal and editor of several books on critical geopolitics. Gerard’s newest book is Near Abroad: Putin,...

Duration: 00:43:46

International Communism and the Spanish Civil War

Guest: Lisa Kirschenbaum is a professor of History at West Chester University. Her research explores how people come to represent and understand their life stories as part of history, focusing on the linkages between individual, private lives and the momentous, often traumatic events of Russia’s twentieth century. She is the author of three books: Small...

Duration: 00:41:53

Russian Peasants in Revolution

Guest: Aaron Retish is an associate professor of history at Wayne State University where he specializes in late Imperial and Soviet history with a focus on the social, cultural, and political history of the countryside. He is the author of Russia’s Peasants in Revolution and Civil War: Citizenship, Identity, and the Creation of the Soviet...

Duration: 00:58:35

Early Soviet Rule in Tajikistan

Guest: Botakoz Kassymbekova is a research associate in the History Department in Humboldt University in Berlin and author of Despite Cultures: Early Soviet Rule in Tajikistan published by the University of Pittsburgh Press. Music: Non-Prophets, “Any Port,” Hope, 2003.

Duration: 00:27:46

The Force of Custom in Kyrgyzstan

Guest: Judith Beyer is professor of anthropology at the University of Konstanz, Germany where she focuses on the anthropology of the state, legal pluralism, and theories of social order in Central Asia and Southeast Asia. She’s the author of The Force of Custom: Law and the Ordering of Everyday Life in Kyrgyzstan published by Pittsburgh...

Duration: 00:33:39

Patronalism in Eurasia

Guest: Henry Hale is Professor of Political Science and International Affairs in the Eliott School of International Affairs at George Washington University and Co-Director of the Program on New Approaches to Research and Security in Eurasia or PONARS Eurasia. He’s the author of many articles and books on post-Soviet politics. His most recent book is...

Duration: 00:46:17

A Life with the Russian Revolution

Guest: Alexander Rabinowitch is Professor Emeritus of History and Indiana University, where he taught from 1968 until 1999, and an Affiliated Research Scholar at the St. Petersburg Institute of History, Russian Academy of Sciences since 2013. He’s the author of several studies on the Russian Revolutionary era, including Prelude to Revolution: The Petrograd Bolsheviks and...

Duration: 00:38:25

Searching for Postcommunist Sincerity

Guest: Ellen Rutten is a professor of literature and chair of the Slavonic Department at the University of Amsterdam, where she researches post-Soviet and global contemporary culture, literature and art, design, social media and memory. She’s the author of Sincerity after Communism: A Cultural History published by Yale University Press. Music: The Smiths, “Unhappy Birthday,”...

Duration: 00:40:57

Reviving Holy Rus

Guest: John Burgess is the James Henry Snowden Professor of Systematic Theology at the Pittsburgh Theological Seminary. He’s the author of several books on Protestant theology, church life, the place of faith in the modern world in addition to an interest in Russian Orthodoxy. His new book is Holy Rus’: The Rebirth of Orthodoxy in...

Duration: 00:36:50

The Tsarist Exile System

Guest: Daniel Beer is a senior lecturer in the History Department at Royal Holloway, University of London. He’s written widely on 19th century Russia and is the author of Renovating Russia: The Human Sciences and the Fate of Liberal Modernity, 1880–1930, published by Cornell University Press. His new book is The House of the Dead:...

Duration: 00:40:46

Russophobia in America: A Genealogy

This podcast is a talk I gave titled “Russophobia in America: A Genealogy” at Kennan Institute on April 11, 2017. It’s been re-purposed here with the kind permission of the Kennan. I refer to many images in the talk. You can view the accompanying presentation below: Music: Made for TV, “So Afraid of the Russians,” 1983.

Duration: 00:26:50

Georgian Diaspora and the Soviet Empire

Guest: Erik Scott is an Associate professor of history at the University of Kansas who specializes in Modern Russia, comparative empires, migration and diasporas. He is the author of several publications on contemporary Russia and Eurasia. His most recent book is Familiar Strangers: The Georgian Diaspora and the Evolution of Soviet Empire published by Oxford...

Duration: 00:43:29

The Russian Propaganda Machine

Guest: Alexey Kovalev is a journalist living and working in Russia. He was a senior editor at RIA Novosti, Russia’s largest state news agency, and edited, a website that translates news articles from foreign publications into Russian. He is the founder and editor of, a Russian-language fact-checking and anti-propaganda website. He writes a...

Duration: 00:43:56

Experiencing the Russian Revolution

Guest: Mark Steinberg is a professor of Russian History at the University of Illinois. He’s the author of many wonderful books including, Proletarian Imagination: Self, Modernity, and the Sacred in Russia, 1910-1925; Voices of Revolution, 1917; Petersburg Fin de Siecle; and with Nicholas Riasanovsky, A History of Russia, now in its 8th edition. His most...

Duration: 00:41:47

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