Lisa Kirschenbaum writes and teaches about modern Russia and the Soviet Union, war and memory, international communism, and gender in modern Europe.


PhD, History, University of California, Berkeley, 1993

Other Publications


Soviet Adventures in the Land of the Capitalists: Ilf and Petrov’s American Road Trip (forthcoming, Cambridge University Press).

International Communism and the Spanish Civil War: Solidarity and Suspicion (Cambridge University Press, 2015). Paperback, 2018.

The Legacy of the Siege of Leningrad, 1941-1995: Myth, Memories, and Monuments (Cambridge Unversity Press, 2006). Paperback, 2009.

Small Comrades: Revolutionizing Childhood in Soviet Russia, 1917-1932 (RoutledgeFalmer, 2001).

Russia’s Long Twentieth Century: Voices, Memories, Contested Perspectives, with Choi Chatterjee and Deborah A. Field (Routledge, 2016). E-inspection copy for instructors.

Edited volumes

Editor and translator of Olga Berggolts, Daytime Stars:A Poet’s Memoir of Revolution, the Siege of Leningrad, and the Thaw (Madison: University of Wisconsin Press, 2018).

Special issue of Soviet and Post-Soviet Review, “World War II in Soviet and Post-Soviet Memory” 38, no. 2 (October 2011).

Recent book chapters and articles

“The Man Question: How Bolshevik Masculinity Shaped International Communism,” Socialist History 52 (Autumn 2017): 76-84.

“The Russian Revolution and Spanish Communists, 1931-1935” Journal of Contemporary History 52, no. 4 (October 2017): 892-912.

Internationalism before the Internet,LookLeft 1, no. 3 (Winter 2017): 6-8.

“The Meaning of Resilience: Soviet Children in World War II,” Journal of Interdisciplinary History 47, no. 4 (Spring 2017): 521-35.

Reframing Slavic Studies and the Global Impacts of 1917,” in Russia’s Great War and Revolution, 1917-1922: The Wider Arc of Revolution, Part 2 (Bloomington, IN: Slavica, 2019): 345-58.

Michael Gruzenbrug/Mikhail Borodin: The Making of an International Communist,” in Russia’s Great War and Revolution, 1917-1922: The Wider Arc of Revolution, Part 2 (Bloomington, IN: Slavica, 2019), 337-65.

“Exile, Gender, and Communist Self-Fashioning: Dolores Ibarruri in the Soviet Union,” Slavic Review 71, no. 3 (Fall 2012): 566-89.

“Constructing a Cold War Epic: Harrison Salisbury and the Siege of Leningrad,” in The Russian Experience: Americans Encountering the Enigma, 1917 to the Present, edited by Beth Holmgren and Choi Chatterjee, (Routledge, 2012), 67-83.

“Remembering and Rebuilding: Leningrad after the Siege in Comparative Perspective,” Journal of Modern European History 9, no. 3 (November 2011): 314-27.

Blog Posts


    Association for Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies

    American Historical Association

    Association for Women in Slavic Studies

    Southern Conference on Slavic Studies

    Northeast Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies

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