Carnegie Mellon University

Wendy Goldman

Wendy Z. Goldman

Paul Mellon Distinguished Professor of History

  • Baker Hall 242-B
  • 412-268-3230

Bio

Wendy Z. Goldman, Paul Mellon Distinguished Professor of History, is a social and political historian of Russia. Her early work, Women, the State and Revolution: Soviet Family Policy and Social Life, 1917-1936 (Cambridge University Press, 1993) (awarded the Berkshire Conference Book Award) and Women at the Gates: Gender and Industry in Stalin’s Russia Women (Cambridge University Press, 2002) focused on family policy, women's emancipation, and industrialization. She wrote about Stalinist repression in Terror and Democracy in the Age of Stalin: The Social Dynamics of Repression (Cambridge University Press, 2007) and Inventing the Enemy: Denunciation and Terror in Stalin’s Russia (Cambridge University Press, 2011) (awarded Honorable Mention, Reginald Zelnik Book Prize in History.) She published (with Dr. Joe William Trotter Jr., co-editor) The Ghetto in Global History. 1500 to the Present (Routledge, 2018.) She focused on World War II in Hunger and War: Food Provisioning in the Soviet Union During World War II (Indiana University Press, 2015) (Donald Filtzer, co-editor). Her most recent work (with Donald Filtzer), Fortress Dark and Stern. The Soviet Home Front during World War II (Oxford University Press, 2021) is the first comprehensive study of the contribution of the Soviet home front to the victory in World War II. Her articles and books have been translated into Russian, Czech, Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, German, and Japanese. She received grants from the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation, National Endowment for the Humanities, American Council of Learned Societies, Social Science Research Council, and National Council for Eurasian and East European Research. She directs a long-running faculty and graduate student exchange between CMU and Russian State University for the Humanities in Moscow, heads the Socialist Studies Seminar, focused on socialist and post socialist movements and states, and is the director of the CMU Prison Education Project.

Education

Ph.D.: University of Pennsylvania, 1987

Publications

  • Fortress Dark and Stern. The Soviet Home Front during World War II (with Donald Filtzer) (Oxford University Press, 2021.)
  • The Ghetto in Global History, 1500 to the Present (co-editor Joe Trotter) (Routledge Press, 2018) 
  • Hunger and War: Food Provisioning in the Soviet Union During World War II (co editor Donald Filtzer) (Indiana University Press, 2015).
  • Inventing the Enemy: Denunciation and Terror in Stalin’s Russia (Cambridge University Press, 2011.) Czech edition, 2015.
  • Terror and Democracy in the Age of Stalin. The Social Dynamics of Repression (Cambridge University Press, 2007). Italian edition, 2008, Russian edition, 2010.
  • Women at the Gates: Gender and Industry in Stalin's Russia (Cambridge University Press, 2002). Russian edition, 2011.
  • Women, the State and Revolution: Soviet Family Policy and Social Life, 1917-1936 (Cambridge University Press, 1993). Spanish edition, 2010, Portuguese edition, 2014.
  • A Dream Deferred. New Studies in Russian and Soviet Labour History (Peter Lang, 2008) (Co edited with Donald Filtzer, Gijs Kessler, Simon Pirani)
  • “Introduction: The Ghetto Made and Remade,” and “Conclusion: Common Themes and New Directions,” in The Ghetto in Global History. 1500 to the Present (Routledge, 2018) (with Joe Trotter)
  • “‘No More Tradition’s Chains Shall Bind Us’: Women’s Liberation and the Russian Revolution,” in Juan Andrade and Fernando Hernández Sánchez, eds. 1917: la revolución rusa 100 años después (AKAL Publishers, Spain, 2017) (Translated into Spanish.)
  • “Introduction: The Politics of Food and War,” (with Donald Filtzer) and “Not By Bread Alone: Food, Workers, and the State,” in Hunger and War: Food Provisioning in the Soviet Union During World War II (coedited with Donald Filtzer) (Indiana University Press, 2015)
  • “Killing Communists: Stalinist Repression and the ‘Great Terror’ the Soviet Union,” in Christian Gerlach, Clemens Six, eds., The Palgrave Handbook of Anti-Communist Persecutions (Palgrave, Macmillan, 2020)
  • Wall Street Journal, Weekend Edition, May 22, 2021, “Five Best Books on the Soviet Home Front.”

Courses Taught

  • Russian History: Game of Thrones
  • Russian History: Revolutionary Socialism
  • Russian History: From Socialism to Capitalism
  • Stalin and Stalinism
  • The Soviet Union in World War II
  • The History of Capitalism
  • Graduate Seminar: Women and War
  • Graduate Seminar: Working-Class Formation in Comparative Perspective
  • Graduate Seminar: Gender, Labor, and Industrialization
  • Graduate Seminar: Comparative Revolution
  • Graduate Seminar: Women and Revolution
  • Graduate Seminar: History of Socialist Movements and Ideas
  • Graduate Seminar: Stalinism and Nazism
  • Graduate Seminar: Historic Transitions and Global Labor

Department Member Since: 1988