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Ethan Pollock

Associate Professor of History and Slavic Languages:
History; Slavic Languages
Phone: +1 401 863 9918

Ethan Pollock has examined previously inaccessible Soviet archives to analyze the intersection of political power, official ideology, and scientific knowledge in the Soviet Union. His current research on the Russian bathhouse – or bania – explores questions of public and private space, sexuality, hygiene, and the body in the context of social and political upheaval and change.


Ethan Pollock was raised in Ann Arbor, Michigan. After receiving a B.A. from Tufts University in 1991, he moved to Moscow, Russia, where he taught US history and was the associate producer of a documentary film on the Soviet atomic bomb project. He received his Ph.D. in Russian and Soviet history from UC Berkeley in 2000. His book, Stalin and the Soviet Science Wars, examines Soviet politics, science, and ideology during the last years of Joseph Stalin's life and the first years of the Cold War. His current project on the history of the Russian bathhouse is under contract with Oxford University Press. He has held post-doctoral fellowships in the history of recent science (George Washington University) and in Russian Studies (Columbia University). He joined the Department of History at Brown in 2006.


Frederick Burkhardt Residential Fellowship, ACLS, awarded 2011 for 2013-2014 AY

National Council for Eurasian and East European Research (Title VIII Grant), Research Grant (awarded in 2008 for fall 2009 semester)

Cogut Center for the Humanities, Brown University, Faculty Fellowship (for spring 2009)

Pigott Fund, Syracuse University, Research Grant (2006)

Kennan Institute, Woodrow Wilson Center, Short-Term Research Grant (2005)

Appleby-Mosher Fund, Syracuse University, Research Grant (2005)

Harriman Institute, Columbia University, Post-Doctoral Fellow (2002-03)

Kennan Institute, Woodrow Wilson Center, Post-Doctoral Fellow, declined (2002-03)

The George Washington University, Center for the History of Recent Science and the Institute for European, Russian and Eurasian Studies, Post-Doctoral Fellow (2000-02)

SSRC, Eurasia Program Dissertation Fellowship (1999-2000)

Fulbright-Hays, Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship (1997-98)

IREX, Dissertation Research Fellowship (1997-98)

Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, Summer Research Fellowship (1995)

Program in Soviet Studies, University of California, Berkeley, Training Grants (1993-95)


American Historical Association
American Association for the Advancement of Slavic Studies
History of Science Society


Ethan Pollock teaches the history of Russia and the USSR, with primary focus on the 19th and 20th centuries, the Cold War, Stalinism, and everyday life.

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