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Yuri Slezkine

Biography: 

Department of History, UC Berkeley
Research: Moscow's House of Government
Fellowship period: Academic year, 2009-10

Yuri Slezkine is a professor of history at the University of California, Berkeley, and director of the UC Berkeley Institute of Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies.

Among his publications are Arctic Mirrors: Russia and the Small Peoples of the North (1994), which won the American Historical Association, Pacific Coast Branch, Book of the Year Award; and The Jewish Century (2004), which has been translated into several languages and received the National Jewish Book Award, the Wayne S. Vucinich Prize (Best Book in Any Discipline), the American Association for the Advancement of Slavic Studies), and the Association of American Publishers' Best Scholarly Book in Religion Award. His 1994 article "The USSR as a Communal Apartment, or How a Socialist State Promoted Ethnic Particularism" is the most downloaded publication in the history of Slavic Studies. His articles have been widely anthologized.

Slezkine has been a fellow of the National Endowment of Humanities, American Council of Learned Societies, the National Council for Soviet and East European Research, the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, and the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences.

He has also served on the Board of Trustees of the National Council for Soviet and East European Research and on the Board of Directors of the American Association for the Advancement of Slavic Studies.

Slezkine is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

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