Benjamin Tromly

Associate Professor

Benjamin Tromly teaches courses in modern European history, with an emphasis on the 20th century. His teaching interests include Russian and East European History, totalitarianism, the Cold War, European intellectual history, and European nationalisms. Tromly is the author of Making the Soviet Intelligentsia: Universities and Intellectual Life under Stalin and Khruschev (Cambridge University Press, 2015), which explores the formation of educated elites in Russian and Ukrainian universities during the early Cold War, and the conflicts that arose about the place of intellectuals and higher learning under socialism. His current book project, Shadow Wars: Russian Émigrés in the Cold War, examines the place of Russians living in Europe and America as a theater for conflict between the Cold War superpowers. He has published in Journal of Cold War Studies, Russian Review, Kritika: Explorations in Russian and Eurasian History, Nationalities Papers, European History Quarterly, and Europe-Asia Studies. He has traveled extensively in Russia and Ukraine.


B.A., Grinnell College, 1999; M.A., Ph.D., Harvard University, 2002, 2007

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