Alfred J. Rieber

Professor Emeritus
Professor Emeritus

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Alfred J. Rieber has been teaching and writing Russian and Soviet history for more than fifty years. He was a participant in the first year of the Soviet-American cultural exchange in 1958-59 and has returned to the Soviet Union and Russia many times to lecture and conduct archival research. He began teaching at Northwestern and then moved to the University of Pennsylvania where he taught for twenty–five years and chaired the History Department for ten years, now holding the title of Professor Emeritus. For the past twenty years he has taught at Central European University (CEU) in Budapest, Hungary where he was also chair of the History Department for four years, now serving as University Professor Emeritus. He has been a visiting professor at the University of Chicago and Columbia University. In 1966 he was awarded the E. Harris Harbison Prize as one of the ten best teachers in the U.S. by the Danforth Foundation. He has won additional teaching awards at Penn and CEU where he was elected professor of the year in 1997 and 1998. The American Philosophical Society awarded him the Henry C. Moe Prize in 1985.

He has written and edited nine books in Russian and Soviet History as well as numerous articles and book chapters. Among his books are Stalin and the French Communist Party, 1941-1947; The Politics of Autocracy; Merchants and Entrepreneurs in Imperial Russia; Perestroika at the Crossroads; Forced Migration in Central and Eastern  Europe, 1939-1950, and Imperial Rule. Among his many research grants are fellowships from the Ford Foundation, Guggenheim Foundation National Endowment for the Humanities, National Council for Eurasian and East European Research, and Woodrow Wilson National Foundation. He has lectured widely in the U.S. and Europe, most recently at Oxford, Cambridge, the University of London (SEES), University of L’viv,  Mohyla Academy in Kiev, University of Bucharest, Sofia University, the Free University of Berlin, University of Ulan-Ude, and European University in St. Petersburg. His most recent scholarly books are Struggle for the Eurasian Borderlands: From the Rise of Early Empires to the End of the First World War  (2014) and Stalin and The Struggle for Supremacy in Eurasia (2015), both published with Cambridge University Press. His chapter, "The Anti-Fascist Resistance during the Second World War," will appear this year in the New Cambridge History of Communism. He is also the author of three historical detective novels: To Kill a Tsar (2010); The Kiev Killings (2013); and Siberian Secrets (2014), all published by the New Academia Press.

Doctoral Supervision:


Columbia University, Russian Institute, M.A. and certificate 1954; Ph.D. 1959
Colgate University, B.A. 1953, Phi Beta Kappa, Magna Cum Laude, High Honors

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