Eleonor Gilburd

Assistant Professor of History, Russian & Slavic Studies

University of California, Berkeley, PhD 2010

Office Address: 

19 University Place, Room 211



Field of Study: 

Modern Europe

Research Interests: 

Russian, Soviet, and modern European history; cultural history, especially cross-cultural interactions and translation.

Curriculum Vitae

Research Description:


Eleonor Gilburd’s research interests include modern Russian and Soviet history; the Soviet Union in international context; Russia and the West; late Soviet society and culture; the collapse of the Soviet Union; cultural diplomacy and cultural exchange; translation; internationalism; mega-events; aesthetic reception; the everyday as a concept and a lived experience. She is working on a book (based on her dissertation) which focuses on the 1950s and 1960s as a pivotal chapter in the history of Russia’s westernization. Analyzing the Soviet reception of Western texts, paintings, films, melodies, and visitors, the project describes what happened in this encounter to entrenched ideas of class morality and cultural supremacy, familiar ways of looking at paintings, as well as established languages of literature and cinema. Future projects include Stalinist culture through the prism of the tango and Russia’s port cities, littoral subsystems, and maritime engagements over the past three hundred years.


Summer Stipend, National Endowment for the Humanities, 2011 Eurasia Program Dissertation Fellowship, Social Science Research Council, 2006-7 Dissertation Fellowship, Mabelle McLeod Lewis Memorial Fund, 2005-6 Founders’ Dissertation Fellowship, Western Association of Women Historians, 2005 Advanced Research Fellowship, American Councils for International Education, 2004 International Dissertation Research Fellowship, Social Science Research Council, 2003 Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Award, Department of Education, 2002-3 Chancellor’s Opportunity Award, UC Berkeley, 1999-2001, 2003-4 Andrew W. Mellon Fellowship in Humanistic Studies, 1998-99

Selected Works:


GilburdThaw.jpgThe Thaw: Soviet Society and Culture during the 1950s and 1960s (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2012). Co-editor


“The Thaw as an Event in Russian History,” in The Thaw, co-authored with Denis Kozlov

“The Revival of Soviet Internationalism in the 1950s,” in The Thaw

“Picasso in Thaw Culture,” Cahiers du Monde russe vol. 47, no. 1-2 (January-July, 2006): 65-108

“Books and Borders: Sergei Obraztsov and Soviet Travels to London in the 1950s,” in Turizm: The Russian and East European Tourist Under Capitalism and Socialism, ed. by Anne Gorsuch and Diane Koenker (Ithaca & London: Cornell University Press, 2006), 227-47

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Updated on 09/26/2012