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Professor Vladislav Zubok

vlad_zubokProfessor Vladislav Zubok is Head of the Russia International Affairs Programme at LSE IDEAS. He is also a Professor of International History at the LSE, with expertise on the Cold War, the Soviet Union, Stalinism, and Russia’s intellectual history in the 20th century. His most recent books were A Failed Empire: the Soviet Union in the Cold War from Stalin to Gorbachev (2007) and Zhivago’s Children: the Last Russian Intelligentsia (2009).

Professor Zubok was born and educated in Moscow. He studied for his undergraduate degree at the Moscow State University and studied for his PhD at the Institute for the USA and Canada in Moscow. In 1994 he became a fellow at the National Security Archive, non-government organization at the University of George Washington. He continued his academic career in the United States as a visiting professor at Amherst College, Ohio University, Stanford University, and the University of Michigan, and in 2004 became a tenured professor at Temple University. His books earned the Lionel Gelber Prize and the Marshall Shulman Prize of the American Association for Advancement of Slavic Studies.  

Professor Zubok received numerous grants from the McArthur Foundation and Carnegie Corporation of New York, and recently from the Yeltsin foundation and the Russkii Mir foundation. Aside from academic work, Professor Zubok organized a number of international archival and educational projects in Russia, Ukraine, and South Caucasus. He held numerous fellowships, including the Norwegian Nobel Institute, the Wilson Center in Washington DC, Collegium Budapest, the Free University for Liberal Studies in Rome, the Rockefeller Center in Bellagio, and the Hoover Institute at Stanford University.  Professor Zubok also consulted a number of documentary films, most importantly Sir Jeremy Isaac’s twenty-four series “Cold War” on CNN.

He is currently completing a book Saving Russian Patriotism on life and works of a prominent St. Petersburg intellectual Dmitry S. Likhachev, and started a new project 1991: ‘Russia’ destroys the Soviet Union, a study of Soviet collapse within the context of globalization, economics, and nationalism.


Recent Publications

  • “Soviet intellectuals after Stalin’s death and their visions of the cold war’s end” in: Frédéric Bozo, Marie-Pierre Rey, N. Piers Ludlow, and Bernd Rother, eds,. Overcoming the Iron Curtain: Visions of the End of the Cold War in Europe, 1945–1990. Vol. 11, Contemporary European History (Berghahn Books, March 2012).
  • D.S.Likhachev v obshchestvennoi zhizni Rossii kontsa XX veka [Dmitry Likhachev in the public life of Russia at the end of the 20th century] (St. Petersburg: Evropeiskii Dom, October 2011).
  • Società totalitarie e transizione alla democrazia [Totalitarian society and transition to democracy] (il Mulino, Bologna 2011), editor with Tommaso Piffer. 
  • Masterpieces of History: A Peaceful End of the Cold War in Europe, 1989, editor with Svetlana Savranskaia and Thomas Blanton (Central European University Press, 2010).
  • Zhivago’s Children: The Last Russian Intelligentsia (Harvard University Press, 2009).
  • A Failed Empire: The Soviet Union in the Cold War from Stalin to Gorbachev (The University of North Carolina Press, 2007).



  • The Sochi Olympics: Russia’s Double-Curse?
    Professor Vladislav Zubok, Head of the Russia in Global Affairs Programme at LSE IDEAS, writes for Reuters and argues that "the Soviet Olympic curse may be revisiting Russia. The financial costs of preparing Sochi for the games far exceeded any reasonable limits and negated any possible profits."