Wednesday, November 1, 2017
Revolution in the Russian empire took place 100 years ago with its effects continuing to reverberate today. Steve Kotkin, an expert in Russian history and international affairs at Princeton University, will consider what we have learned about the Russian revolution and ponder its lessons for today.
Steve Kotkin is the John P. Birkelund ’52 Professor in History and International Affairs in the Woodrow Wilson School and the history department of Princeton University, where he has taught since 1989. He is also a Fellow at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University.
At Princeton, he teaches courses on modern authoritarianism, global history since the 1850s, and the Soviet empire; he has won Princeton’s highest awards for both undergraduate and graduate teaching. He served as vice dean of the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, member and then chair of the editorial board at Princeton University Press, director of the Princeton Institute for International and Regional Studies, member of the editorial committee of the journal World Politics, and director of the Program in Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies. He has been the book reviewer for the New York Times Sunday Business section (2006-9), and a consultant in emerging markets for World Pension Forum and Conexus Financial as well as in higher education for the Open Society Foundations and others.
Kotkin received his Ph.D. from University of California at Berkeley (1988) and his undergraduate degree from the University of Rochester (1981).
Professor Kotkin will deliver the Arthur Adams Family Distinguished Lecture on International Affairs which is administered by the Keck Center for International & Strategic Studies at CMC.