David L. Hoffmann

David L. Hoffmann

David L. Hoffmann

College of Arts and Sciences Distinguished Professor of History



212 Dulles Hall
230 Annie and John Glenn Avenue
Columbus, OH

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Areas of Expertise

  • Russian and East European History
  • Environment, Health, Technology, and Science
  • Power, Culture, and the State


  • B.A., Lawrence University, 1983
  • M.A., Columbia University, 1986
  • Ph.D., Columbia University, 1990

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 The Stalinist Era (Cambridge University Press, 2018). He is also the author of Cultivating the Masses: Modern State Practices and Soviet Socialism, 1914-1939 (Cornell University Press, 2011), 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 a book, The Motherland Calls: War, Gender, and Memory in the Soviet Union, 1941-1991.

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