The entrance to the Department of History’s office in Sidney Smith Hall

Lynne Viola

University Professor

Office Location:  Munk School of Global Affairs, Room 112N


Munk School, Higher School of Economics (Russian National University)


Professor Viola is a specialist in 20th century Russian history, focusing on policial and social history. Her research interests include gender, rurality, political culture, and violence in the era of Stalin.

She is the author of some 30 articles; five books — The Best Sons of the Fatherland: Workers in the Vanguard of Soviet Collectivization (1987); Peasant Rebels Under Stalin: Collectivization and the Culture of Peasant Resistance (1996); The War Against the Peasantry, 1927-1930 (2005); The Unknown Gulag: The Lost World of Stalin’s Special Settlements (2007); and Stalinist Perpetrators on Trial: Scenes from the Great Terror in Soviet Ukraine (2017); and the editor or co-editor of 16 books--A Researcher’s Guide to Sources of Soviet Social History in the 1930s (1990) (with Sheila Fitzpatrick; Russian Peasant Women (1992) (with Beatrice Farnsworth); Kollektivizatsiia Ikrest’ianskoe soprotivlenie na Ukraine: noaibr’ 1929-mart 1930 [Collectivization and Peasant Resistance in Ukraine: November 1929-March 1930] (1997) (with Valerii Vasil’ev); Riazanskaia derevnia v 1929-1930 gg.: khronika govokhruzheniia [The Riazan Countryside in 1929-1930: A Chronicle of Dizziness] (1998) (with S. Zhuravlev, T. McDonald, and A. Mel’nik); Tragediia sovetskoi derevni, 1927-1939: dokumenty i materialy, 5 volumes in 6 books [The Tragedy of the Soviet Countryside, 1927-1939: Documents and Materials] (1999-2006) (with V.P. Danilov and R.T. Manning); Contending with Stalinism: Soviet Power and Popular Resistance in the 1930s (2002); Chekisty na skam’e podsudimykh [Chekhists on Trial] (2017) (with Marc Iunge and Jeffrey Rossman); and Ekho bol’shogo terrora, 3 volumes in 4 books [Echo of the Great Terror], (2017-2019) (with Marc Iunge and Jeffrey Rossman).

Professor Viola is the recipient of fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the American Council of Learned Societies, the Social Science and Humanities Research Council of Canada, the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation, and the Killam Fund. She was promoted to University Professor in 2011; in 2014, she was inducted into the Royal Society of Canada. She won the Molson Prize in 2018 and the Killam Prize in 2019. Her most recent book, Stalinist Perpetrators on Trial, received the 2018 Zelnik Prize from the ASEEES, the 2018 Canadian Association of Slavists Book Prize, and the 2018 American Association of Ukrainian Studies Book Prize.

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  • BA, Barnard College
  • MA, Princeton University
  • PhD, Princeton University
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