University of Rochester

Matthew E. Lenoe

Position: Associate Professor of History; Department Chair

Field: European History

Specialty: Russian and Soviet history: Stalinist culture and politics, history of mass media, Soviet soldiers in World War II, Russia in East Asia, Leninism in world history

Education: PhD, University of Chicago, 1997

Contact Info

370 Rush Rhees Library
Dept. of History
Rochester, NY 14627-0070

matthew.lenoe@rochester.edu

phone: 585.275.9355
fax: 585.756.4425

Fields of Interest:

My first book, Closer to the Masses: Stalinist Culture, Social Revolution, and Soviet Newspapers (2004), examined the origins of high Stalinist culture, including Socialist Realist literature, in the newspaper press of the 1920s. I am now completing a book on the assassination of Leningrad Party chief Sergei Kirov in 1934. This work uses new archival sources on the Kirov murder and analyzes the use of the murder in Soviet political struggles from 1934 through 1991. I am also engaged in research on the experiences of Soviet infantrymen during the first eight months of the Nazi invasion of the Soviet Union. My other research and teaching interests include history of propaganda and surveillance worldwide, the Russian Far East and its relations with East Asian societies, and comparative study of modern revolutions.

Graduate Fields:

I offer the following fields for the PhD qualifying examination. For explanations of fields, see the "Graduate Overview" page in the Graduate Handbook.

Teaching Fields:
Russian and Soviet History
Comparative Totalitarianism (Transnational)
Comparative Modern Revolutions (Transnational)

Research Fields:
Soviet and Late Imperial Russian Cultural, Social, and Media History
The Eastern Front of World War II (Transnational)
Stalinism
Comparative Modern Revolutions (Transnational)

I will be accepting students for admission in Fall 2015.

Courses Offered:

  • HIS 102: The West and the World since 1942
  • HIS 151: Imperial Russia (RST 171)
  • HIS 155: History of Russia to 1692 (RST 155)
  • HIS 292/292W: Totalitarianism and Everyday Life
  • HIS 301W: Stalinism (RST 246)
  • HIS 331W/431: The Soviet Union and the Cold War

Representative Publications: