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Wendy Goldman receives the Paul Mellon Distinguished Professorship of History

The Department of History congratulates Wendy Goldman as she receives the Paul Mellon Distinguished Professorship of History

About Wendy Goldman

Wendy Z. Goldman is a social and political historian of Russia. She received her B.S. from Cornell University and her Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania. She has published numerous books and articles on women, workers, family policy and repression in the USSR. Her most recent books include "Terror and Democracy in the Age of Stalin: The Social Dynamics of Repression" (Cambridge University Press, 2007), "Inventing the Enemy: Denunciation and Terror in Stalin's Russia" (Cambridge University Press, 2011) and (with Don Filtzer) "Hunger and War: Food Provisioning in the Soviet Union during World War II" (Indiana University Press, 2015). Her work has been translated into Russian, Italian, French, Portuguese, Spanish, Japanese, German and Czech.

Her first book, "Women, the State, and Revolution: Soviet Family Policy and Social Life," won the Berkshire Conference Book Award. "Inventing the Enemy" received Honorable Mention for the Reginald Zelnik Book Prize. She has been awarded grants from the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, National Endowment for the Humanities, American Council of Learned Societies, National Council for Eurasian and East European Research, and Social Science Research Council. She and Professor Joe Trotter won funding from Andrew W. Mellon Foundation for a Sawyer Seminar on the transnational history of the ghetto. They are currently co-editing a collection of essays on the ghetto in global perspective.

Traveling regularly to Russia since 1984, Goldman has witnessed vast upheaval and change. She has served as director of a scholarly exchange between CMU and Russian State University for the Humanities since 1993. She is currently working on a new book, "Fortress Dark and Stern: Work, Life, and Loyalty on the Soviet Home Front during World War II" (forthcoming, Oxford University Press).

About Paul Mellon

Paul Mellon, 1907 - 1999, Philanthropist, Art Collector, Horse Breeder and Conservationist

Paul Mellon was born in Pittsburgh, the son of Andrew W. Mellon and Nora McMullen Mellon. Mellon's life reflects the virtue of private initiative dedicated to the public good. He divided his time between the rigorous schedule of supervising many trusts, charities and endowment programs, the family businesses and his own family. He also pursued his passion for horses, and was a highly respected and successful breeder of thoroughbreds. His horses won three Triple Crown races during his lifetime.

In 1945, Mellon founded the Bollingen Foundation to advance and preserve learning in the humanities. The foundation published 100 books, including a bestseller, "I Ching." The foundation supported publication of many other works before closing in 1969. A generous supporter of the arts and humanities, Mellon encouraged Carnegie Mellon to offer "the whole circle" of studies to its students. Mellon's generous works were honored with the rank of Honorary Knight Commander of the Order of the British Empire, an award for distinguished service to the arts from the National Institute of Arts and Letters.

Mellon earned degrees from Yale and Clare College at Cambridge University and held honorary doctorates from both as well as from the Carnegie Institute of Technology. He was also an honorary fellow of Berkeley-Yale, St. John's College-Annapolis and London's Royal Society of Arts. Mellon, who devoted his life to charity, in death left bequests, grants and memorial gifts that will continue his good works for years to come..