Stephen F. Cohen is a well-known scholar of Russian history and politics, media commentator, and author of several widely acclaimed books.
Cohen grew up in Kentucky, attended Indiana University, and received his Ph.D. at Columbia University. For many years, he was Professor of Politics and Director of Russian Studies at Princeton University, where he is now professor emeritus. Since, 1998, Cohen has been Professor of Russian Studies and History at New York University, where he teaches a popular course entitled "Russia Since 1917." His books include Bukharin and the Bolshevik Revolution: A Political Biography; Rethinking the Soviet Experience; Failed Crusade: America and the Tragedy of Post-Communist Russia; and, most recently, Soviet Fates and Lost Alternatives. His forthcoming book, The Victims Return: Survivors of the Gulag After Stalin, will be published by Publishing Works in 2010.
Cohen is married to Katrina vanden Heuvel, editor and publisher of The Nation, where he is a contributing editor. They have one daughter.
Stephen Cohen, The Soviet Union and Russia
Tributes and Comments by Russian Colleagues
This is a unique, even unprecedented, book. Thirty-five prominent Russian political, cultural, and media figures, including Mikhail Gorbachev and the famous poet Yevgeny Yevtushenko, have written reminiscences and commentaries about the man who, more than any other American, was a first-hand observer of, and even participant in, the historic events that transformed the Soviet Union into today’s Russia.
Victim's Return, The
Survivors of the Gulag After Stalin
Joseph Stalin’s reign of terror in the Soviet Union has been called “the other holocaust.” Over the course of twenty-four years, more innocent men, women, and children perished than died in Hitler’s murder of European Jews.
This book originated thirty years ago when Stephen Cohen, Professor of Russian Studies and History at New York University, first began researching the lives of those victims who were released after Stalin’s death. There was precious little information available, and many of the victims were still afraid, but Professor Cohen persisted, and through the years accumulated the remarkable stories of their return to society.
MSNBC’s Morning Joe, Sept. 20th, 2010