Amir Weiner

Associate Professor of Soviet History

At Stanford Since

Ph.D., Columbia University; M.A., Columbia University; B.A. Hebrew University of Jerusalem

Bio Sketch

Amir Weiner’s research concerns Soviet history with an emphasis on the interaction between totalitarian politics, ideology, nationality, and society. His first book, Making Sense of War analyzed the role and impact of the cataclysm of the Second World War on Soviet society and politics. His current project, Wild West, Window to the West engages the territories between the Baltic and Black Seas that were annexed by the Soviet Union in 1939-40, from the initial occupation to present. Professor Weiner has taught courses on modern Russian history; the Second World War; the Origins of Totalitarianism; War and Society in Modern Europe; Modern Ukrainian History; and History and Memory.


  • Making Sense of War: The Second World War and the Fate of the Bolshevik Revolution (Princeton University Press, 2000)
  • Landscaping the Human Garden, editor and contributor (Stanford University Press, 2003)
  • “The Empires Pay a Visit: When Gulag Returnees Encountered East European Rebellions on the Soviet Western Frontier,” forthcoming, Journal of Modern History 78:2 (June 2006)
  • “Déjà Vu All Over Again: Prague Spring, Romanian Summer, and Soviet Autumn on Russia’s Western Frontier,” Journal of Contemporary European History 15:2 (June 2006)
  • “Something to Die For, A Lot to Kill For: The Soviet System and the Brutalization of Warfare,” in George Kassimeris, ed., The Barbarisation of Warfare (Hurst, UK, 2006)
  • “Foreign Radio Broadcasts and the Soviet Western Frontier,” in A. Ross Johnson, ed., Cold War Broadcasting: Goals, Methods, and Impact (Central European Press, 2006)
  • “Mass Violence in the Soviet Union,” in Daniel Stone, ed., The Historiography of Genocide (Pulgrave, 2006)
  • “Extraordinary Death: Soviet Collapse and its Aftermath,” Journal of Contemporary European History (forthcoming, 2006)
  • “Nothing but Certainty,” Roundtable on Race and Violence in the Soviet Union Slavic Review 61:1 (Spring 2002): 44-53
  • “When Memory Counts,” in Omer Bartov, Atina Grossmann, and Mary Nolan, eds., Crimes of War: Guilt and Denial in the Twentieth Century (New Press, 2002): 191-216
  • “In the Long Shadow of War: The Second World War and the Soviet and Post-Soviet World,” Diplomatic History 25:3 (Summer 2001): 443-456
  • “Saving Private Ivan: From What, Why, and How?” Kritika 1:2 (Spring 2000): 305-336
  • “Nature, Nurture, and Memory in a Socialist Utopia: Delineating the Socio-Ethnic Body in the Age of Socialism,” American Historical Review 104:4 (October 1999): 1114-1155
  • “The Making of a Dominant Myth: The Second World War and the Construction of Political Identities Within the Soviet Polity,” Russian Review 55:4 (October 1996): 638-60

Honors and Awards

  • 2004-2005 Campbell and William C. Bark National Fellow, Hoover Institution
  • 2004-2005 German Marshall Fund
  • 2002-2003 Gordon and Dailey Pattee Faculty Fellowship
  • 2002-2003 OTL Research Grant
  • 2002 Dean’s Award for Distinguished Teaching
  • 1999-2000 William and Frances Green Faculty Fellowship
  • 1998-99 National Fellow, Hoover Institution
  • 1994-95 Research Fellow, Woodrow Wilson Center, Washington DC
  • 1993-94 Research Fellow, Davies Center, Harvard University
  • 1991-92 Harriman Institute Junior Fellowship
  • 1991-92 ACTR Research Fellowship in Russia/Ukraine
  • 1987-1991 President Fellowship, Columbia University
  • 1990, 1992 Harriman Institute Research Grant
  • 1987 B.A., Suma Cum Laude, The Hebrew University
  • 1986 Klozner Award for Outstanding Essay in the Department of Slavic and
  • Russian Studies, The Hebrew University
  • 1984-86 Dean’s Fellowship, The Hebrew University

Professional Affiliations

  • Editorial Board of Contemporary European History
  • Editorial Board of Totalitarian Movements and Political Religions
  • American Historical Association
  • American Association for the Advancement of Slavic Studies