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Elizabeth A. Wood

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    Term

    January 5, 2015 — May 1, 2015

    Professional affiliation

    Professor of Russian and Soviet History, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

    Wilson Center Projects

    “Power and Performance in Putin’s Russia”

    Full Biography

    Elizabeth A. Wood is Professor of Russian and Soviet History at MIT. She has published two monographs in Soviet History, The Baba and the Comrade: Gender and Politics in Revolutionary Russia (Indiana University Press, 1997) and Performing Justice: Agitation Trials in Early Soviet Russia (Cornell University Press, 2005). At MIT serves as co-director of the MIT-Russia Program, coordinator of Russian Studies, and adviser to the Russian Language Program, as well as teaching Russian, Soviet, and post-Soviet Russian history and politics. Nationally, she serves as vice-chair of the board of NCEEER. Her current work centers on the performance of power under Vladimir Putin in Russia today.

    Major Publications

    "Performing Memory: Vladimir Putin and World War II in Russia," The Soviet and Post-Soviet Review 38, 2 (2011):172-200

     

    Performing Justice: Agitation Trials in Early Soviet Russia (Cornell University Press, 2005)

     

    The Baba and the Comrade: Gender and Politics in Revolutionary Russia (Indiana University Press, 1997)

    Previous Terms

    Research Grant, Kennan Institute. Assistant Professor, Massachusetts Institute of Technology. January 1993-July 1993." Not by Politics Alone: Gender and State Formation in Post-Revolutionary Russia, 1917-1930". Focuses on the ways in which gender issues play a crucial role in state formation in Soviet Russia through areas relating to the formulation of gender norms, women Party activists’ criticisms of the New Economic Policy, debates among women concerning the best means to bring working women into the public sphere through labor organizing. Integrates theoretical work with the history of Soviet Russia.