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Wendy Goldman

Professor
Ph.D.: University of Pennsylvania, 1987
Department Member Since: 1988

Biography

Wendy Goldman is a political and social historian of Russia and the Soviet Union. She is the author of two books on Stalinist terror, Inventing the Enemy. Denunciation and Terror in Stalin’s Russia, and Terror and Democracy in the Age of Stalin. The Social Dynamics of Repression, which focus on the dissemination of repression and the issue of mass participation in the terror. She is also the author of Women at the Gates: Gender and Industry in Stalin's Russia, a study of Soviet women and industrialization in the 1930s, and numerous articles on Soviet social history. Inventing the Enemy was awarded Honorable Mention for the Reginald Zelnik Book Prize in History in 2012, given for an outstanding monograph published on Russia, Eastern Europe or Eurasia in the field of history. Her book, Women, the State and Revolution: Soviet Family Policy and Social Life, 1917-1936, won the Berkshire Conference Book Award in 1994 for the best book in any field of history written by a woman. Her books and articles have been translated into Russian, Spanish, Italian, German, French, Czech, and Japanese. She is coeditor (with Donald Filtzer, Gijs Kessler, Simon Pirani) of A Dream Deferred. New Studies in Russian and Soviet Labour History. She is currently working on a collaborative research project (with Donald Filtzer) on the Soviet home front during World War II. She has received grants from the American Council of Learned Societies, Guggenheim Foundation, National Endowment for the Humanities, National Council on Eurasian and East European Research, National Council on Soviet and East European Research, Social Science Research Council, and IREX. She is the director of a faculty exchange between Carnegie Mellon and Russian State University for the Humanities in Moscow. She has served as the director of the Working Class History Seminar within the Pittsburgh Center for Social History, and on the boards of consulting editors for the journals Novaia Istoricheskaia Vestnik, International Labor and Working Class History, Gender and History, and Social Science History.

Find an interview with Professor Goldman about her book, Inventing the Enemy, on New Books Network.

selected Publications

Inventing the Enemy. Denunciation and Terror in Stalin’s Russia (Cambridge University Press, 2011; paperback edition, 2011)
Terror and Democracy in the Age of Stalin. The Social Dynamics of Repression (Cambridge University Press, 2007; paperback edition, 2007). Italian edition, 2009, Russian edition, 2010.
Women at the Gates: Gender and Industry in Stalin's Russia (Cambridge University Press, 2002; paperback edition, 2002). Russian edition, 2011.
Women, the State and Revolution: Soviet Family Policy and Social Life, 1917-1936 (Cambridge University Press, 1993; paperback edition, 1993) Spanish edition, 2010.
A Dream Deferred. New Studies in Russian and Soviet Labour History (Peter Lang, 2008) (Co edited with Donald Filtzer, Gijs Kessler, Simon Pirani).
“Hunger and Politics: Prelude to the Great Terror in the Soviet Union,” in Mathias Middell, Felix Wemheuer, eds., in Hunger and Scarcity under Socialist Rule (Leipzig University Press, 2010.)
“Terror and Democracy: The 1937 Union Campaign,” American Historical Review (December, 2005).
“The Internal Soviet Passport: Workers and Free Movement,” in Marsha Siefert, ed., Extending the Borders of Russian History (Budapest: Central European University Press, 2002).
“Les Femmes dans la Société Sovietique,” in Michel Dreyfus et al., eds., Siecle des Communismes (Paris: L'Atelier, 2000).
“Babas at the Bench: Gender Relations in Industry in the 1930s,” in Melanie Ilic, ed., Women and the Stalin Era (London: Macmillan, 2001).

Courses Taught

Russian History: from the First to the Last Tsar
Russian History: from Socialism to Capitalism
Stalin and Stalinism
The Soviet Union in World War II
Gender and Family in Russia
Graduate Seminar: Working-Class Formation in Comparative Perspective
Graduate Seminar: Gender, Labor, and Industrialization
Graduate Seminar: Comparative Revolution
Graduate Seminar: Women and Revolution
Graduate Transnational Seminar: Stalinism and Nazism
Graduate Transnational Seminar: Historic Transitions and Global Labor

Contact Info

Department of History
Baker Hall 235-C
P: 412.268.3230
F: 412.268.1019
goldman@andrew.cmu.edu

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