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Robert and Florence McDonnell Professor in East European Studies, Stanford University

Axel Springer Fellow - Class of Spring 2011


Norman M. Naimark is a leading historian of the Soviet era. His work centers on the emergence of communism and the establishment of communist regimes in Eastern Europe, Soviet nationalism, Soviet-German relations, the East European involvement in World War II, as well as Russian and Polish revolutionary movements. Recently he has focused on the topic of ethnic cleansing and genocide with the books Stalin’s Genocide (Princeton, 2010 – published in a German edition by Suhrkamp) and The Armenian Genocide: New Research, New Insights (Oxford, 2010). He is also author of the groundbreaking studies The Russians in Germany: The History of The Soviet Zone of Occupation, 1945–1949 (Harvard, 1995) and Fires of Hatred: Ethnic Cleansing in Twentieth-Century Europe (Harvard, 2001), among other volumes. Naimark has been a history professor at Boston University, a visiting professor at Wellesley College, and a fellow of the Russian Research Center at Harvard University. He joined the Stanford University history faculty in 1988 and serves as a senior fellow both at Stanford’s Hoover Institution as well as at its Freeman Spogli Institute of International Studies.