Jeffrey Brooks, Professor of European History at The Johns Hopkins University, is the author of When Russia Learned to Read: Literacy and Popular Literature in Russia (1985, reissued 2003 with a new introduction) and Thank You, Comrade Stalin! Soviet Public Culture from Revolution to Cold War (2000). On leave from Johns Hopkins for the fall 2004 semester, he is visiting the Faculty of History at the University of Dar es Salaam. He is presently writing an essay on Russian high and low literary culture in 1850-1970 and a study of Soviet-American public culture during the Cold War.
Evgeny Dobrenko is Professor of Russian and Slavonic Studies at the University of Nottingham. He is the author of Metafora vlasti: Literatura stalinskoi epokhi v istoricheskom osveshchenii (The Metaphor of Power: Stalinist Literature in a Historical Context, 1993), The Making of the State Reader: Social and Aesthetic Contexts of the Reception of Soviet Literature (1997), and The Making of the State Writer: Social and Aesthetic Origins of Soviet Literary Culture (2001). He co-edited Socialist Realism without Shores (with Thomas Lahusen, 1997), Endquote: Sots-Art Literature and Soviet Grand Style (with Marina Balina and Nancy Condee, 1999), Sotsrealisticheskii kanon (The Socialist Realist Canon, with Hans Günther, 2000), and The Landscape of Stalinism: The Art and Ideology of Soviet Space (with Eric Naiman, 2003).
David L. Hoffmann is Associate Professor of History at The Ohio State University. He is the author of Peasant Metropolis: Social Identities in Moscow, 1929-1941 (1994) and Stalinist Values: The Cultural Norms of Soviet Modernity, 1917-1941 (2003); the co-editor of Russian Modernity: Politics, Knowledge, Practices (with Yanni Kotsonis, 2000); and the editor of Stalinism: The Essential Readings (2003). He is currently completing work on Cultivating the Masses: The Modern Social State in Russia.
Matthew E. Lenoe, Assistant Professor of History at Assumption College, has authored "Agitation, Propaganda, and the 'Stalinization' of the Soviet Press, 1922-1930," Carl Beck Papers in Russian and East European Studies, no. 1305 (1998); Closer to the Masses: Stalinist Culture, Social Revolution, and Soviet Newspapers (2004); and several articles in scholarly journals. He [End Page 827] is currently working on a collection of primary source documents on the assassination of Leningrad party chief Sergei M. Kirov.
Marc Raeff is Bakhmeteff Professor Emeritus for Russian Studies at Columbia University. His many works include Russia Abroad: A Cultural History of the Russian Emigration, 1919-1939 (1990).
Frank Wcislo, Associate Professor of History at Vanderbilt University, studies modern Russian, European, and Eurasian history. He is the author of Reforming Rural Russia: State, Local Society, and National Politics, 1855-1914 (1990) and is currently completing Tales of Imperial Russia: The Life and Times of Sergei Witte, an examination of 19th-century Russian imperial society, culture, and politics as seen through the prism of Witte's life story and autobiographical reminiscences.
Theodore R. Weeks is Associate Professor of History at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale. His From Assimilation to Antisemitism: The "Jewish Question" and Polish Society, 1850-1914 is due to appear in 2005. He is currently at work on a multi-ethnic history of Vilnius from 1793 to 2000.