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Professor Vladislav Zubok

Professor of International History

*On sabbatical 2015-2016*

Research Interests: Cold War; 20th-Century Russia
Room: SAR.3.13
Tel: +44 (0)20 7107 5370

Vladislav Zubok is professor of international history, with expertise on the Cold War, the Soviet Union, Stalinism, and Russia’s intellectual history in the 20th century. His most recent books are 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.

Professor Vladislav Zubok teaches the following courses:

At undergraduate level:

HY242: The Soviet Union: Domestic, International and Intellectual History

At postgraduate level:

HY463: The Origins of the Cold War, 1917-1962

Professor Zubok also supervises the following PhD students:

Research Student Provisional Thesis Title
Isaac Scarborough On the Edges of Perestroika: Central Asia and the Experience of Glasnost

Professor Vladislav Zubok recent publications include:

List of publications on LSE Research Online

Professor Vladimir Zubok at the at the 46th Annual Convention of the Association for Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies

On November 21, 2014 Professor Vladislav Zubok was an invited speaker at the Presidential Plenary Session of the Association for Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies in San Antonio, Texas. The panel’s theme was: “25 Years After the Fall of the Berlin Wall: Historical Legacies and New Beginnings.” He spoke on the topic: “What can we learn from the Cold War now? Personality, Contingency, Identity Politics, and the Role of Money.”