David L. Hoffmann


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.

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Areas of Expertise
  • Russian and East European History
  • Environment, Technology, and Science
  • Power, Culture, and the State
  • B.A., Lawrence University, 1983
  • M.A., Columbia University, 1986
  • Ph.D., Columbia University, 1990

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