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Cynthia V. Hooper


History Department
Russian and Eastern European Studies

Associate Professor
Director, Russian and Eastern European Studies

Ph.D., Princeton University

Fields: Russian and Soviet history; comparative dictatorship; culture and politics in 20th century Europe

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Publications and Distinctions:

  • "A Darker 'Big Deal':  Concealing Party Corruption, 1945-1953" in Living in Late Stalinism (Routledge, 2006)
  • "Terror of Intimacy:  Family Politics in the 1930s Soviet Union" in Everyday Life in Early Soviet Russia (University of Indiana Press, 2005)
  • "Terror From Within:  Participation and Coercion in Soviet Power, 1924-1964" (dissertation, awarded international Fraenkel Prize).

She has served as a Fellow at the Kennan Institute of the Woodrow Wilson Center and as a Fellow of the Davis Center at Harvard. She serves as a Center Associate at Harvard's Davis Center for Russian Studies.Research




The Conversation

Cynthia Hooper is a frequent contributor to The Conversation, an independent news and commentary website. Her most recent contributions appear below.

Russian-government backed show Comedy Club's Trump and Putin impersonators RUTube

It seems incredible that White House aides would schedule the first U.S.-Russia summit of the Donald Trump Presidency for the day after the World Cup final soccer match...

Russian President Vladimir Putin at a massive rally in his support n Moscow, March 3, 2018 AP/Pavel Golovkin

Long before it happened, Russia’s ruling party had already called it “the ultimate victory.”

On March 18, Russians go to the polls where they will – without doubt – re-el...

A worker cleans a statue of Vladimir Lenin in St. Petersburg. But how much Russian history gets whitewashed today? Dmitri Lovetsky/AP Photo

“And what, exactly, is there to be celebrating?” snapped Vladimir Putin’s press secretary on Oct. 25, a little more than a week bef...

It seems that Russian state media is starting to chip away at Trump's burnished image. Maxim Apryatin

Four major Russia investigations are underway in Washington, along with released an intelligence report accusing Russia of trying to cover up the use of chemical weapons by Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad through a global disinformation campaign replete with “false narratives.”

As a professor of Soviet history with an interest in media studies, I’ve been following Russia’s response to the chemical attack and subsequent U.S. missile strike – the various television and print news stories, tweets and analyses put ...