Professor and Chair
- PhD University of Michigan (History), 1992
- MA University of Toronto (History), 1986
- BA Harvard College (Slavic), 1985
Region Of Interest
- Eastern Europe
- South Africa
- Democratic revolutions
- Social movements
- Authoritarian states
- Communism and Postcommunism
How do non-democratic states get most citizens to comply with, or even to support their rule? How do people experience such regimes, whether they are supporters, opponents, or somewhere in between? I have studied these questions by looking at workers women, and youth in Communist Eastern Europe, and comparing democratic revolutions in that region and in other cases around the world. I am now completing a book on political imprisonment in the modern world, from the mid-nineteenth century to Guantanamo.
- “‘I felt a kind of pleasure in seeing them treat us brutally.’ The Emergence of the Political Prisoner, 1865–1910.” Comparative Studies in Society and History 54:4 (2012), 863-89.
- 1989: Democratic Revolutions at the Cold War’s End: A Brief History with Documents. Boston: Bedford/St. Martin‘s, 2010.
- “Martyrs and Neighbors: Sources of Reconciliation in Central Europe.” Common Knowledge 13:1 (Winter 2007), 149-69.
- The Burdens of Freedom: Eastern Europe Since 1989. London: Zed Books, 2006.
- Partisan Histories: The Past in Contemporary Global Politics. Co-edited with Max Paul Friedman. NY: Palgrave Press, 2005.
- Transnational Moments of Change: Europe 1945, 1968, 1989. Co-edited with Gerd-Rainer Horn. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield, 2004.
- A Carnival of Revolution: Central Europe, 1989. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2002.
- Rebuilding Poland: Workers and Communists, 1945-1950. Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 1997.