Francine HirschMy Research and Teaching Interests include Russian and Soviet History, Modern European History, Comparative Empires, the History of Human Rights, and Russian-American Engagement.

I am currently completing a book about the role of the Soviet Union in the Nuremberg Trials and the postwar development of international law: Soviet Judgment at Nuremberg: A Cold War Story, forthcoming with Oxford University Press.


  • PhD - Princeton
  • MA - Princeton
  • BA - Cornell 


Empire of Nations: Ethnographic Knowledge and the Making of the Soviet Union (Cornell University Press, 2005).  View Book Details

Selected Publications:

  • "The Politics of the Nuremberg Trials and the Postwar Moment," in Political Trials in Theory and History, ed. Devin Pendas and Jens Meierhenrich. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2016.
  • "The Nuremberg Trials as Cold War Competition." Memory and Postwar Memorials: Confronting the Past as Violence, ed. Marc Silberman and Florence Vatan, 17-40. New York: Palgrave MacMillan, 2013.
  • "The Soviets at Nuremberg: International Law, Propaganda, and the Making of the Postwar Order." The American Historical Review 113, no. 3 (June 2008): 701-730.

Advisor To:

  • Maya Holzman
  • Emily Lobenstein
  • Tamara Polyakova
  • Ben Raiklin
  • Sean Thoel

History Courses:

Francine Hirsch



Curriculum Vitae (pdf)

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