Research and Publications


Trotsky’s Challenge: The ‘Literary Discussion’ and the Fight for the Bolshevik Revolution (Leiden: Brill, 2015) (and in paperback with Haymarket)

Telling October: Memory and the Making of the Bolshevik Revolution (Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 2004) (and in Korean translation).


“Revolution and Memory,” in Companion to the Russian Revolution, edited by Daniel Orlovsky (forthcoming with OUP).

“Il papavero e la bandiera rossa: L’Ottobre e li mito crollato (“The Poppy and the Red Flag: October and the Myth That Failed”), Memoria e Ricerca, 56, no. 3, 2017, 431-46.

“Zehn Jahre ‘Roter Oktober.’ Das öffentliche Gedenken an die Oktoberrevolution im Jahr 1927 (“Ten Years of ‘Red October.’ The Public Commemoration of the October Revolution in 1927),” in 100 Jahre Roter Oktober. Zur Weltgeschichte der Russischen Revolution (100 years of Red October. On the World History of the Russian Revolution),  59-83. Edited by Jan Claas Behrends, Nikolaus Katzer, Thomas Lindenberger (Berlin: Ch. Links Verlag, 2017).

“Istina i poeziia.Desiataia godovshchina Oktiabria,” Neprikosnovennyi zapas, no. 101, 2015 (this is a Russian translation of chapter 7 of my monograph Telling October in a special edition of this journal).

“‘Twentieth-Century Apocalypse’ or a ‘Grimace of Pain’? The Vanishing Traces of October,” in Russian Culture in War and Revolution, 1914-22. Book 2: Political Culture, Identities, Mentalities, and Memories,313-339. Edited by Murray Frame, Boris Kolonitskii, Steven G. Marks, and Melissa K. Stockdale (Bloomington, IN: Slavica Publishers, 2014).

Guest Editor and Introduction (“Interrogating the Past in Modern Russia: The Promise and Peril of Historical Memory Studies”) for a special issue on “History and Memory”of Russian Studies in History 49, no. 1, Summer 2010.

“Remembering Communism in Modern Russia: Archives, Memoirs, and Lived Experience,” in Remembering Communism: Genres of Representation. Edited by Maria Todorova (New York: SSRC, 2010), 237-252.

“What Is To Be Done with Soviet Russia? The Politics of Proscription and Possibility,” in Journal of Policy History 21, 3, 2009, 264-281.

“Narratives of October and the Issue of Legitimacy” in Russian Modernity. Politics, Knowledge, Practices, 185-203. Edited by David Hoffmann and Yanni Kotsonis. England: Macmillan Press Ltd, 2000.

“Rethinking a Great Event: The October Revolution as Memory Project,” Social Science History, 22, 4, 1998: 389-414 [reprinted in States of Memory. Continuities, Conflicts, and Transformations in National Retrospection. Edited by Jeffrey K. Olick. Raleigh, Durham: Duke University Press, 2003].

“Trotskii and the Vienna Pravda, 1908-1912,” Canadian Slavonic Papers, XXVII, 3, 1985, 248-268.

Review Essays

Untitled review essay in Kritika 11:4, Fall 2010, 919-929.

“Party History – What it is, and is not,” Kritika 5:1, Winter 2004, 207-17.

Untitled review essay in Kritika 3:1, Winter 2002, 164-172.

Encyclopedia Articles

Entries on “Leon Trotsky,” “Mensheviks,” and “Bolshevism” in Europe Since 1914 – Encyclopedia of the Age of War and Reconstruction (Scribner‛s, 2006).

Movie and Book Reviews