My interests are the study of totalitarian movements and regimes with a focus on the Soviet polity; population politics; the Second World War; and modern mass violence. My current research is on the KGB and the Soviet surveillance state.
KGB: Ruthless Sword, Imperfect Shield (forthcoming, 2015)
“The Empires Pay a Visit: Gulag Returnees, East European Rebellions, and Soviet Frontier Politics,” Journal of Modern History 78:2 (June 2006): 333-376 (Reprinted in Denis Kozlov, ed., The Thaw (Toronto, 2013); and Pamięć i Sprawiedliwość 24 (December 2014)
“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): 159-194
“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) “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. Reprinted in David Hoffmann, ed., Stalinism: Essential Readings (Blackwell, 2003)