Carnegie Mellon University

Naum Kats

Naum Kats

Special Faculty


Dr. Kats came to CMU with more than twenty-five years of experience in undergraduate teaching. He teaches courses on comparative education, culture and society. As an advisor for History Majors and Minors, Kats stimulates the professional development of students and assists them in reaching their potential.

Kats' research interest is on the political, social and cultural history of Russia in the 20th century with a focus on the intelligentsia and education. He explores how the Russian state involves the intelligentsia in its own project of socialization, politicization, propaganda, and literacy. Centering on the study of teachers, Kats analyzes the broader process of the creation of a Russian intelligentsia.


Ph.D.: University of St. Petersburg, Russia, 1981


  • Naum G. Kats. A Common Heritage: The Dialog of Cultures of the City. – Socio-Cultural Environments of Information Society. Proceedings of the International Scientific -Theoretical Conference. October 28-31, 2015. St. Petersburg, 2015, pp. 13-26.
  • Naum G. Kats. Regarding the Role of the Russian Market in German Economy: Stephen. F. Zhabo. Germany, Russia, and the Rise of Geo-Economics. - Economic Journal (Moscow), 2015, № 3 (39), pp. 92-100.
  • Naum G. Kats. The Intricacies of Russian Economic History Through the Eyes of a British Economist: David A. Dyker. Economic Policy Making and Business Culture: Why Is Russia So Different? - Economic Journal (Moscow), 2015, № 2 (38), pp. 183-197.
  • Naum G. Kats. From Experiences in Intercultural Communication: Some Issues in the Management of Intercultural Communication in Classroom. - Subcultures and Communicative Strategies of Information Society. St. Petersburg, 2014, pp. 119-124.
  • Naum G. Kats. The Russian Army in the Carpathian Winter Campaign of 1915: The Unknown Documents and New Estimates in the Book by American Historian Graydon A. Tunstall. - The New Historical Bulletin, No 40, Moscow, 2014.
  • Naum G. Kats. Teaching in the Intercultural Environment of a Global University. – 2013 Sino-U.S. Economic and Culture Scholarly Forum. Beijing, 2013
  • Naum G. Kats. The Figures of Russian Culture in the US: New Pages of Russian Immigration: “Artists In Exile: How Refugees from Twentieth-Century War and Revolution Transformed the American Performing Arts". HarperCollins, 2008. - The New Historical Bulletin, Moscow, 2011, No 27, pp. 127-134.
  • Naum G. Kats. An Excerpt From the Practice of Intercultural Communication of the 20th Century: Russian Cultural Migration to the United States. - "Communication Strategies in the Age of Information." St. Petersburg Polytechnic University, 2011, pp. 107-117.
  • Naum G. Kats, Polina Kats. "East Meets West: A Cross-Generational Analysis of Jewish Immigration from Russia to the United States," The Soviet and Post-Soviet Review, Volume 37, No 1, 2010, pp. 97-106
  • Naum G. Kats. Cross Cultural Communication: The Study of Russian Cultural Heritage in the Diaspora. - “Communication Strategies in the Age of Information,” St. Petersburg Polytechnic University, 2009, pp. 182-187.
  • Naum G. Kats. Preserving Petersburg: History, Memory, Nostalgia / Edited by Helena Goscilo and Stephen M. Norris. Bloomington (Ind.): Indiana University Press, 2008. (Review). -Vestnik RGGU, Moscow, 2009, No.17, pp. 291-297
  • Naum G. Kats. A New Publication in American Historiography on the Social History of Stalinist Terror: W. Goldman. Terror and Democracy in the Age of Stalin: The Social Dynamics of Repression. - Cambridge University Press, 2007 (Review). - The New Historical Bulletin, Moscow, 2008, No 17.
  • Naum G. Kats. Cultural Globalization in the Teaching of Architectural History of St. Petersburg for Undergraduate Students. - Informational and Educational Recourses for Teaching of Language and Culture. Moscow, 2007, pp. 52-54.
  • Naum G. Kats, Polina Kats. Discovery in California: Kiron Skinner, Annelise Anderson, Martin Anderson, editors. "Reagan, In his Own Hand: The Writings of Ronald Reagan That Reveal His Revolutionary Vision of America." - A Touchstone Book Published by Simon & Schuster, 1999. (Review). - The New Historical Bulletin, Moscow, 2003, No 1 (9), pp. 277-283.
  • Naum G. Kats, Polina Kats. "Two Generation of Immigrants: Russian Jews in Pittsburgh." - The New Historical Bulletin, Moscow, 2002, No 7, pp. 29-39.
  • Naum G. Kats. Teaching of the Freshman Seminar "Introduction to Russian Culture and Civilization." – Teaching and Learning About Language and Culture in a Target Surrounding. Moscow, 2001, pp. 45-46.
  • Naum G. Kats. The Sovietization of Teachers During The New Economic Policy. - The New Historical Bulletin, 2001, No 1, pp. 115-136.
  • Naum G. Kats. Malia, Martin E. "Russia Under Western Eyes: From The Bronze Horseman To The Lenin Mausoleum." Cambr.(Mass.); London: Harvard University Press, 1999. (Review). - The New Historical Bulletin, Moscow, 2001, No 2, pp. 308-317.

Courses Taught

  • World History (a lecture course)
  • American Foreign Policy (1945-Present)
  • Cold War in Documents and Film
  • Freshman Seminar: Education and Society. Comparative Perspectives on the USA and Russia
  • Freshman Seminar: Russian culture and Civilization
  • Freshman Seminar: 19th & 20th Century Russia: Literature, Music, Art & the Theatre
  • Arts in Pittsburgh
  • Music and Society in Europe and the USA in 19th and 20th Centuries
  • Educational Reform: Historical and Comparative Perspective
  • Modern Soviet History
  • Russia Today
  • Stalin and His Time
  • Nationalities and New States of the Former USSR
  • Russian (Elementary through Advanced)

Department Member Since: 1991