David Hoffmann

Professor
Associated Faculty

Professor Hoffmann is a specialist in Russian and Soviet history, with a particular focus on the political, social, and cultural history of Stalinism. His most recent monograph is Cultivating the Masses: Modern State Practices and Soviet Socialism, 1914-1939 (Cornell University Press, 2011). He is also the author of Peasant Metropolis: Social Identities in Moscow, 1929-1941 (Cornell University Press, 1994), which won the Ohio Academy of History award for best book in 1995, and of Stalinist Values: The Cultural Norms of Soviet Modernity, 1917-1941 (Cornell University Press, 2003), which analyzes Soviet official culture and the ideological and behavioral norms it was designed to instill. He is also the editor of Stalinism: The Essential Readings (Blackwell Publishers, 2002), and co-editor of Russian Modernity: Politics, Knowledge, Practices (Macmillan Publishers Ltd., 2000). He is currently writing two books, The Stalinist Era (Cambridge University Press, forthcoming), and The Motherland Calls: War, Gender, and Memory in the Soviet Union, 1941-1991.

Areas of Expertise
  • Russian and Soviet history
  • Political, social, and cultural history of Stalinism
Education
  • PhD in History from Columbia University

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