Norman Naimark

Norman Naimark

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Robert and Florence McDonnell Professor in East European Studies

Department of History


Norman M. Naimark was born in New York and was educated at Stanford University, where he received his B.A.(1966), M.A.(1968), and Ph.D. (1972) degrees. For fifteen years, he was Professor of History at Boston University and Fellow of the Russian Research Center at Harvard.

Naimark holds the Robert and Florence McDonnell Chair in East European History at Stanford University. He is also Senior Fellow of the Hoover Institution and Freeman-Spogli Institute of International Studies, where he was Convener of the “European Forum.” He has served as Director of Stanford’s Center for Russian and East European Studies (1989-95), Chair of its History Department (1995-1998), member of the Faculty Senate and its Steering Committee (2001-4), and Director of Stanford’s interdisciplinary programs in International Relations and International Policy Studies. He was the Burke Family Director of the Bing Overseas Studies Program from 2005 to 2010. Presently he is Sakurako and William Fisher Family Director of Stanford’s Division of International, Comparative and Area Studies.

Naimark has been a member of the editorial boards of leading journals in the field, including The American Historical Review, The Journal of Modern European History, and East European Politics and Societies. He has also served on and chaired the major professional committees that foster research and exchanges with the successor states of the Soviet Union and Eastern Europe: the American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) Joint Committee on Eastern Europe, and the International Research and Exchange Corporation (IREX) Program Committee. Naimark was on the Board and then President (1997-98) of the American Association for the Advancement of Slavic Studies (AAASS). He served on the Historians' Commission of the President of Latvia and serves presently on the Estonian Historians' Commission.

Naimark is the author of two books on the Russian and Polish revolutionary movements in the late nineteenth century. He has also edited or co-edited books and document collections on such subjects as Soviet policy in Eastern Europe, the war in former Yugoslavia, and the Armenian genocide. Since publishing a major study of the Soviet occupation of Germany, The Russians in Germany (Harvard 1995), he has written a comparative study of ethnic cleansing in 20th Century Europe, Fires of Hatred (Harvard 2001), and Stalin's Genocides (Princeton 2010). He is presently working on a book-length study of "Stalin and Europe, 1945-1953” and a world history of genocide for Oxford.

Naimark has held research grants from, among others, the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, Fulbright, IREX, ACLS, and the National Council for Soviet and East European Studies. He has been a research fellow at Warsaw, Jagiellonian, Leningrad, and Berlin Universities. He has three times been a Fellow of the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences (1988-99, 2004-5, 2010) and was the Axel Springer Fellow of the American Academy of Berlin (2011). In 1995, he received the Richard W. Lyman Award for Outstanding Service to the Stanford Alumni Association. He twice received the Dean’s Award for Distinguished Teaching (1992, 2003). In 1996, he was awarded the “Distinguished Service Cross” from the government of the Federal Republic of Germany. Most recently, he was selected to receive the 2011 Distinguished Contributions Award from the Association for Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies.