About Me


Ph.D. Georgetown University (1998); BA University of Missouri‑Columbia (1993); Phi Beta Kappa (Most Distinguished Undergraduate, 1992)


  • Stalin’s Niños: Transforming Spanish Refugees into Soviet Citizens, 1937-1951 (forthcoming, University of Toronto Press, February 2020)
  • From Ruins to Reconstruction: Urban Identity in Soviet Sevastopol after World War II (Cornell University Press, 2009)
  • “De ‘Niños de la Guerra’ a Jóvenes Soviéticos: Educación, Aculturación, y Paternalismo, 1939-1945”. Cuadernos de Historia Contemporánea 38 (2016): 77-101.
  • “Defining the Ideal Soviet Childhood: Reportage about Child Evacuees from Spain as Didactic Literature” in More than Victims: War and Childhood in the Age of the World Wars, eds. James Marten and Mischa Honeck (Cambridge University Press, forthcoming)
  • “From Hooligans to Disciplined Students: Displacement, Resettlement, and Role Modeling of Spanish Civil War Children in the Soviet Union, 1937-1951” in Nick Baron, ed., Displaced Children in Russia and Eastern Europe, 1915-1953. Ideologies, Identities, Experiences.(Leiden: Brill, 2017), 131-154.
  • “Manufacturing Local Identification behind the Iron Curtain in Sevastopol, Ukraine after World War II, in Local Memories in a Nationalizing and Globalizing World,” Marnix Beyen and Brecht Deseure, eds. (forthcoming with Palgrave, 2014)
  • “The Crimean War’s Long Shadow: Urban Biography and the Reconstruction of Sevastopol after World War II” Russian History, v. 41, no. 1-2 (2014), 211-223
  • “From Niños to Soviets?: Raising Spanish Refugee Children in House No. 1, 1937-51” Canadian-American Slavic Studies, v. 48, 2014
  • Агитироватъ и оказыватъ услугу: перепланировка города-героя Севастополя, 1944-1953 гг. [To Agitate and to Render Service: Replanning the Hero-City Sevastopol, 1944-1953] Новейшая история Росcии , v. 2, 2013
  • “Історія, міське планування та творення повоєнного Севастополя” [History, Urban Planning and the Making of Postwar Sevastopol] Схiд/Захiд 15 (2011), 111-124.
  • “Who Makes Local Memories?: The Case of Sevastopol, 1944-2004” in Soviet and Post-Soviet Review 38 (2011), 130-148
  • “Today’s Travel through Sevastopol’s Past: Post-communist Continuity in a ‘Ukrainian’ Cityscape” in John J. Czaplicka, Nida Gelazis and Blair A. Ruble, eds., Cities after the Fall of Communism: Reshaping Cultural Landscapes and European Identity (Johns Hopkins University Press and Woodrow Wilson Center Press, 2009), 167-194.
  • “‘Where Each Stone is History’”: Travel Guides in Sevastopol after World War II in Anne E. Gorsuch and Diane P. Koenker, eds., Turizm: The Russian and East European Tourist under Capitalism and Socialism (Cornell, 2006), 163-185.
  • “Whose History is “Our” History: The Influence of Naval Power in Sevastopol’s Reconstruction, 1944-53” in Endangered Cities: Military Power and Urban Societies in the Era of the World Wars, Roger Chickering and Marcus Funck, eds. (Boston and Leiden: Brill, 2004), 177-191.
  • “Twentieth Century Russian Revolutions: The Impact and Limitations of Western Influence” in Russia and Western Civilization: Historical and Cultural Encounters, Russ Bova, ed. (M.E. Sharpe, 2003), 113-141.
  • “Imagining Sevastopol: History and Postwar Community Construction, 1942-1953” National Identities, July 2003, 123-139.
  • “Accommodation and Agitation in Sevastopol: Redefining Socialist Space in the Postwar ‘City of Glory’” in Socialist Spaces: Sites of Everyday Life in the Eastern Bloc, David Crowley and Susan Reid, eds. (Oxford: Berg, 2002), 23-45.
  • “Local-Outsider Negotiations in Sevastopol’s Postwar Reconstruction, 1944-53” in Provincial Landscapes: The Local Dimensions of Soviet Power, Donald J. Raleigh, ed., (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2001), 276-298.


Europe since 1789; Historical Methods; Modern Germany; Modern Italy; Interwar Europe; Russia: Autocracy, Uprisings, and Daily Life in Medieval and Imperial Russia; Revolution, War, and Daily Life in Modern Russia; Europe’s Dictators; Holocaust; Urban History; History of Childhood; Nineteenth-Century Ideas for the Twenty-first Century.


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Professor of History, John B. Parsons Chair in Liberal Arts and Sciences