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West Chester University
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Russian/Soviet, memory, war, childhood, transnational, communism, gender
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About Me

Lisa Kirschenbaum writes and teaches about modern Russia and the Soviet Union, war and memory, international communism, and gender in modern Europe. Her books focus on questions of how individuals – children who grew up in the wake of the Russian Revolution, survivors of the siege of Leningrad, volunteers in the Spanish civil war – came to represent their life stories as part of history. Her most recent book, Soviet Adventures in the Land of the Capitalists, reconstructs the Soviet humorists’ Ilf and Petrov’s epic 1935 American road trip and their encounters with a vast cast of characters in order to reveal the role of ordinary individuals in shaping relations between the two countries. Her book International Communism and the Spanish Civil War was awarded the 2016 Heldt Prize by the Association for Women in Slavic Studies.

Recent Publications

Soviet Adventures in the Land of the Capitalists: Ilf and Petrov’s American Road Trip. New York: Cambridge University Press, 2024.

Editor and translator of Olga Berggolts, Daytime Stars: A Poet’s Memoir of Revolution, the Siege of Leningrad, and the Thaw. Madison: University of Wisconsin Press, August 2018.

International Communism and the Spanish Civil War: Solidarity and Suspicion. New York: Cambridge University Press, 2015. (Paperback 2018.) Awarded Heldt Prize, 2016, Best Book by a Woman in Slavic, East European and Eurasian Studies

The Legacy of the  Siege of Leningrad, 1941-1995: Myth, Memories and Monuments. New York: Cambridge University Press, 2006. (Paperback, 2009.)

Chatterjee, Choi, Lisa A. Kirschenbaum, and Deborah Fields. Russia’s Long Twentieth Century: Contested Voices, Memories, and Perspectives, 1894-2008. New York: Routledge, 2016.

Media Coverage
Country Focus
Expertise by Geography
Expertise by Chronology
20th century
Expertise by Topic
Children & Youth, Family, Gender, Military, World War II