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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 Soviet History
  • History of Stalinism
  • Gender
  • War and Memory


  • 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 publications include an edited volume, The Memory of the Second World War in Soviet and Post-Soviet Russia (Routledge Publishers, 2022) and a monograph entitled 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 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 Russian Modernity: Politics, Knowledge, Practices (Macmillan Publishers Ltd., 2000). He recently received a John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship, and he is currently writing two books: Women and Gender in Soviet History; and World War II Memory in the Soviet Union and Putin's Russia.

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