Jeffrey Brooks


Gilman 392
Tuesday and Thursday, 12:45-1:15pm and 4-4:30pm; and by appointment
Curriculum Vitae

Jeffrey Brooks teaches courses on the Soviet-American Cold War, modern Russian history and culture, humor and satire in the modern Western tradition, and Russian critical theory. The unifying theme of his work on Russia is the interconnectedness of Russian public culture, politics, and society from the Emancipation of the Serfs to the early post-Stalin era. He is not currently accepting graduate students except those co-admitted with another professor.

Fall 2016

  • Freshman Seminar: US-USSR Cold War
  • Age of Tolstoy

He is the author of When Russia Learned to Read: Literacy and Popular Literature, 1861-1917 (1985; reprinted 2003); Thank You, Comrade Stalin! Soviet Public Culture from Revolution to Cold War (2000), and Lenin and the Making of the Soviet State: A Brief History with Documents, co-authored with Georgiy Chernyavskiy (2006).

Recent and forthcoming essays include:

“The Young Chekhov: Reader and Writer of Popular Realism,” in Di/segni (2014); “Soviet Culture, 1932-1992,” with Sergei Zhuk, in The Oxford Handbook of Twentieth Century Russia (2014), “Marvelous Destruction: the Left-Leaning Satirical Magazines of 1905-1907,” in Experiment Volume 19, Issue 1 (2013), 24-62; “The Moral Self in Russia’s Literary and Visual Cultures (1861-1955),” in The Space of theBook: Print Culture in the Russian Social Imagination, Miranda Remnek ed., 201-30; "Neozhidannyi Tolstoi: Lev I medved’: Iumor v Voine I mire” (The Unexpected Tolstoi: Lev and the Bear) in Novoe Literaturnoe obozrenie (I) No. 109 (summer, 2011), 151-71.