Stephen Kotkin

Stephen Kotkin is the John P. Birkelund ’52 Professor in History and International Affairs in the Woodrow Wilson School and history department of Princeton University, where he has taught since 1989.  He is also a Fellow at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University.

He is the author, most recently, of Stalin, vol. I: Paradoxes of Power (2014), which was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize.  At Princeton, he has served as vice dean of the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, member and then chair of the editorial board at Princeton University Press, acting director of the Princeton Institute for International and Regional Studies, member of the editorial committee of the journal World Politics, and director of the Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies Program.  Outside Princeton, he was the regular book reviewer for the New York Times Sunday Business section (2006-9), and continues to write reviews for the Wall Street Journal, Foreign Affairs, the TLS, and other publications.  Kotkin earned a PhD from University of California Berkeley (1988).