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Slezkine, Yuri

Prof. Yuri Slezkine, Ph.D.

Honorary Research Associate
– Former Visiting Fellow


University of California Berkeley
College of Letters & Sciences
Department of History
2220 Dwinelle
Berkeley, CA 94720-2550

Website: Webprofile (University of Berkeley)


Yuri Slezkine is Jane K. Sather Professor of History at the University of California Berkeley (UCB) and Director ot the Berkeley Program in Eurasian and East European Studies at the Institute of Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies (ISEEES). Within the "LMU-UCB Research in the Humanities" program Slezkine has been Visiting Professor at Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München and the Graduate School for East and Southeast European Studies from Januar to April 2018.

Slezkine was originally trained as an interpreter for Portuguese in Moscow State University. In the late 1970s he worked as a translator in Mozambique, later in Portugal. 1983 he emigrated to the USA and earned a PhD from the University of Texas, Austin, on year later. Skezine is a W. Glenn Campbell and Rita Ricardo-Campbell National Fellow at Stanford University's Hoover Institution and a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

His publications cover various aspects of Russian history, minorities within Russia and worldwide, and especially Judaism in the 20th century.

Research Projects

German Communists in the House of Government

National Texts, National Bards, and Varieties of Nationalism


  • Visiting Professor at LMU Munich within the "LMU-UCB Research in the Humanities" program, January – April 2018

Publications (selected)


The House of Government: A Saga of the Russian Revolution (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2017).
The Jewish Century (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2004).

In the Shadow of Revolution: Life Stories of Russian Women from 1917 to the Second World War, edited by Sheila Fitzpatrick and Yuri Slezkine (Princeton: Princeton UP, 2000).

Arctic Mirrors: Russia and the Small Peoples of the North(Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 1994).
Journal Articles and Book Chapters

"The USSR as a Communal Apartment, or How a Socialist State Promoted Ethnic Particularism," Slavic Review 53, no. 2 (Summer 1994): 414-452.
Between Heaven and Hell: The Myth of Siberia in Russian Culture, ed. by Galya Diment and Yuri Slezkine (New York: St. Martin's Press, 1993).