Benjamin Tromly

Benjamin Tromly

BA, Grinnell College, 2000
MA, PhD, Harvard University, 2002, 2007

Benjamin Tromly is a scholar of Russia and the Soviet Union who teaches a range of courses in modern European history. His courses include first-year seminars on World War Two and the Russian Revolution, introductory courses on Europe and Russia and upper-division courses on the Cold War, espionage, totalitarianism, and nationalism. His first book, Making the Soviet Intelligentsia: Universities and Intellectual Life under Stalin and Khrushchev (Cambridge University Press, 2014), was based on an award-winning dissertation at Harvard University. It examines elite Soviet universities in Russia and Ukraine during the early Cold War, with a focus on student life and politics. His new book, Cold War Exiles: Plotting to Free Russia (Oxford University Press, 2019) tells the story of anti-communist Russian exiles who sought to undermine Soviet communism from abroad with the support of the US government. His next project will examine the history and memory of Andrei Vlasov, a Soviet general who led a collaborationist army under Hitler on the Eastern front in World War Two.

Benjamin Tromly has published articles in Contemporary European History, European History Quarterly, Europe-Asia Studies, Intelligence and National Security, Journal of Cold War Studies, Kritika, Nationalities Papers and Russian Review. He is a member of the Association for Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies and a faculty associate at the Ellison Center for Russian, East European and Central Asian Studies, Jackson School of International Studies at University of Washington. His research has been supported by the Fulbright-Hays Program, Gerda Henkel Stiftung and the Kennan Institute.

Cold War Exiles and the CIA Making the Soviet IntelligentsiaPublications


Fall 2019 courses:
      H103a, "Europe since 1815"
          meets MWF 10-10:50, Wyatt 307
      H224, "Russia since 1861"
         meets MWF 3-3:50, Wyatt 307
      H325, "European Dictatorships"
        meets MWF 2-2:50, Wyatt 304

 Office hours to be announced.