Benjamin Raiklin

Advisor: Francine Hirsch

Benjamin Raiklin


My research interests studying ideology and propaganda in modern Russian history, the importance of globalization to Russia’s historical development, and the interactions (economic, cultural, diplomatic, military, political, and so on) between Russia and the rest of the world in the modern period.


M.A., Syracuse University
B.A., University of Northern Iowa


  • European History

MA Title

  • “Crisis, Debate, and Dissent in Soviet Cinema under Stalin: The Experience of Film Workers on the Artistic Council of Mosfilm, 1939-1941”

Working Dissertation Title

  • “The Making of a Documentary Filmmaking Colossus: Stalinist Documentary Filmmaking Efforts and Practices, 1926-1946”

Selected Publications

  • “Soviet cinema in the wake of the terror: The Artistic Council at Mosfilm, 1939–41,” v. 3, no. 3, December 2009, Studies in Russian and Soviet Cinema, pp. 267-288.


  • Mellon-Wisconsin Summer Dissertation Fellowship, 6/13-9/13, University of Wisconsin
  • Social Science Research Council, Dissertation Development Award; 9/12-5/13, Office of Outreach Title VIII Program for Research and Training on Eastern Europe and Eurasia (Independent States of the Former Soviet Union), Department of State, Bureau of Intelligence and Research
  • Sloan Fellowship, 6/12-9/12, History Department of University of Wisconsin
  • Kennan Institute Summer Research Scholarship Program, 5/11-7/11, Program for Research and Training on Eastern Europe and the Independent States of the former Soviet Union (Title VIII) of the U.S. Department of State
  • George L. Mosse Graduate Exchange Fellowship, 9/09-12/10, History Department of University of Wisconsin
  • Dissertation Research Travel Funds, 1/08-05/08, 6/10-8/10, History Department of University of Wisconsin
  • Summer Institute on Conducting Archival Research, 6/09, George Washington University
  • Mortenson-Petrovich Summer Travel Grant, Pre-Dissertation Archival Research. 6/07-8/07, History Department of University of Wisconsin
  • Tuition Scholarship, 8/96-5/98, Maxwell School of Syracuse University
  • American Council of Teachers of Russian, Exchange Program, 6/93-8/93, 1/94-5/94, Herzen State Pedagogical Institute, St. Petersburg
  • College of Business Administration Outstanding Scholarship, 8/94-12/94, University of Northern Iowa

Professional Affiliations

  • Association for Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies (ASEEES)

Courses Taught as TA

  • Introduction to World History
  • Europe and the Modern World
  • The Historian’s Craft: The July Crisis, 1914 and the Coming of the Great War
  • The Making of Modern Europe, 1500-1815
  • Russia: An Interdisciplinary Survey
  • Russian Thought and the Intelligentsia, 1762-1905
  • Soviet Union and the World, 1917-1991

Courses Taught as Instructor

  • History of Imperial Russia
  • History of Modern Russian Thought
  • The Soviet Union and World War II
  • History of Russian and Soviet Film
  • History of the United States
  • Survey of American Literature
  • History of Modern Europe, 1789-1991