Anna Krylova, Associate Professor
Anna Krylova is Associate Professor of Modern Russian
History. Her research and teaching interests are in twentieth-century
Russian history, state and society in contemporary Russia, World War II and
mechanization of warfare, transnational communist women’s movements, Marxism, and
problematics of historical interpretation and writing in gender and cultural
In addition to articles and book chapters, she is the author
of Soviet Women in Combat: A History of
Violence on the Eastern Front (Cambridge University Press, 2010) which won
the 2011 Herbert Baxter Adams Prize of the American Historical Association. Soviet
Women in Combat rethinks the role that the modern state, in its democratic
and autocratic/communist incarnations, plays in shaping societal gender roles. It offers a novel conceptual framework to
engage the meaning and place of violence in the construction of modern identity
and historical mutability and variability of gender norms. Her article “The Tenacious Liberal Subject in
Soviet Studies” which appeared in the first Winter 2000 issue of Kritika has
since been used in graduate courses. The
article is an attempt to grasp the metahistory of US Soviet and Russian studies through the
conception of “Soviet man” in American scholarly writings and popular culture.
- Contact Info:
|Office Location: ||209 Carr Building|
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- Office Hours:
- Wednesday, Friday 1.15 pm - 2.30 pm
|PhD||Johns Hopkins University||2001|
|MA in History||The Johns Hopkins University||1998|
|MA in Political Science||The Johns Hopkins University||1995|
European and Russia
Global Transnational History
War, Military and Society
- Research Interests:
Her new book project A
History of the Soviet: The Lingua Franca of Soviet Modernity sets out to
question a longstanding convention, in and outside academia, that has allowed
scholars to conflate in their work such basic cultural categories of modern
Russian history as the “Soviet,” the “Marxist,” the “proletarian,” and the
“socialist.” A History of the Soviet turns the pivotal term of modern Russian
history into a historical problematic and undertakes a near-century-long
(1900s-1980s) interdisciplinary study of cultural change at a time of social,
economic, and generational transformation.
It seeks to make possible a new cultural history of Russia in the twentieth
century as well as a rethinking of the history of totalitarianism,
transnational communism, and worldwide trafficking of the Soviet model.
Professor Krylova is a co-organizer with Tani Barlow (Rice University) of the 2012-2015 Duke-Rice International Faculty-Graduate Workshop Series “COMMUNIST LEGACIES AND POST-COMMUNIST REALITIES IN THE TWENTIETH AND TWENTY-FIRST CENTURIES." Since 2009, she has been directing the History
She also serves on the advisory board of the Research Triangle Seminar Series "History of the Military, War, and Society" and of the Carolina
Seminar "Russia and Its Empire, East and West" (Duke, UNC at
She has delivered public talks on Soviet
and European experiences in World War II, Soviet Cold War culture, and peculiarities
of Russia’s capitalism and failing democracy.
In 2009-2010, she participated in a CBC six-hour documentary series on World War II, which was broadcasted in Canada and France in
May of 2010.
Awards and Honors
Herbert Baxter Adams Prize of the American Historical Association, awarded for the best first book in
Mellon Faculty Book Manuscript Workshop Fellowship, John Hope Franklin Humanities Institute, Duke
Hunt Family Assistant Professor of History, Duke University.
Post-Doctoral Fellowship, Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies,
Social Science Research Council Dissertation Write-up Grant.
1999 Stulman Graduate Student,
Department of History, Johns Hopkins University.
1997-1998 IREX Individual Advanced
Research Opportunities Fellowship.
1997-1998 Pre-Dissertation Fellowship
Award, Association for Women in Slavic Studies.
- Current Ph.D. Students
- Nina Arutyunyan
- Rachel Bessner
- Tom Jay Cinq-Mars
- Representative Publications
- A. Krylova, Soviet Women in Combat: A History of Violence on the Eastern Front (Cambridge University Press)
- A. Krylova, “Neither Erased nor Remembered: Soviet “Women Combatants” and Cultural Strategies of Forgetting In Soviet Russia, 1940s-1980s",
in Histories of the Aftermath: The European Postwar in Comparative Perspective, edited by Frank Biess and Robert G. Moeller
(2010), Berghahn Books
- A. Krylova, Identity, Agency, and the First Soviet Generation,
in Stephen Lovell (ed.), Generations in 20th Century Europe
(2007), Palgrave Macmillan
- Beyond the Spontaneity-Consciousness Paradigm: 'Class Instinct' as a Promising Category of Historical Analysis,
(Spring, 2003) [pdf]
- 'Healers of Wounded Souls': The Crisis of Private Life in Soviet Literature and Society, 1944-46,
Journal of Modern History
(June, 2001) [pdf]
- The Tenacious Liberal Subject in Soviet Studies,
Kritika: Explorations in Russian and Eurasian History, vol. 1 no. 1
(Winter, 2000) [pdf]