Ethan Pollock, Russian Historian

Ethan Pollock is a professor of Russian and Soviet history at Brown University. His new book, Without the Banya We Would Perish: A History of the Russian Bathhouse, is the first English-language history of an institution at the heart of Russian identity. His first 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.

Ethan’s research and writing has been funded by Fulbright-Hays, IREX, SSRC, ACLS, and NCEEER. He has been a fellow at George Washington University, Columbia University (Harriman Institute), Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences in Palo Alto, California, and the European University Institute in Florence, Italy.

Ethan was a faculty member in the History Department at Syracuse University from 2003-2006. He currently teaches courses on Russian history, the history of the Cold War, and the history of the nuclear age.