Steven E. Harris is a historian of modern Russia and Europe. He is presently researching and writing a new book on Aeroflot and the political economies of late socialism. In 2016-2017, he was on leave to work on this project as a Verville Fellow at the National Air and Space Museum in Washington, DC. He also holds a Waple Professorship (2016-2018) at UMW in order to advance work on this book project.
Since 2012, Harris has co-organized the Second World Urbanity project with Daria Bocharnikova (University of Leuven/Center for the Fine Arts BOZAR). This project examines the urban planning, architecture, and lived experience of cities past and present throughout the socialist Second World. Thus far, the project has held four conferences–the latest one at the Center for Urban History in Lviv–bringing together scholars from a range of disciplines who focus on cities from Havana and Dar es Salaam to Tashkent and Dalian. We recently published our first set of essays in a special issue of the Journal of Urban History (presently available through the journal’s on-line first platform; forthcoming in print in January 2018). For the introduction to this collection see, Daria Bocharnikova and Steven E. Harris, “Second World Urbanity: Infrastructures of Utopia and Really Existing Socialism.”
Harris teaches courses on Russian and French history, Stalinism, socialism, urbanization, conspiracy theories, aviation culture, and the Russian novel. His research interests include mass housing, architecture, and urbanization in Soviet history and the Second World; aviation culture in the jet age; and transnational cultural contacts during the Cold War. His first book Communism on Tomorrow Street: Mass Housing and Everyday Life after Stalin (The Woodrow Wilson Center Press and the Johns Hopkins University Press, 2013) shows how Soviet citizens’ move from communal housing to the single-family separate apartment fundamentally transformed the post-Stalinist ‘thaw’ from an elite into a mass phenomenon.
- Ph.D., University of Chicago, 2003. History.
- M.A., University of Chicago, 1998. History
- B.A., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 1995. History and Political Science.
Fall 2019 Courses
HIST 354: History of France
HIST 357: History of Russia, 800s-1856
HIST 358: History of Russia, 1861-present
HIST 381: History of Europe since 1945
HIST 457: History of Conspiracy Theories
HIST 468: Stalin and Stalinism
HIST 471E6: Second World Urbanity
HIST 471F2: Flying High: A Global History of Aviation
Courses in preparation
HIST 400 (new seminar): Sputnik, Spies, and Socialism: The Soviet Union’s Last Decades
HIST 400 (new seminar): Modern Martyrs
Daria Bocharnikova and Steven E. Harris, “Second World Urbanity: Infrastructures of Utopia and Really Existing Socialism.” Journal of Urban History (on-line first, May 2017; forthcoming in print in January 2018)
“Soviet Mass Housing and the Communist Way of Life,” in Everyday Life in the Russian Past and Present, edited by Choi Chatterjee, David L. Ransel, Mary Cavender, and Karen Petrone (Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2015). Harris–Soviet Mass Housing and the Communist Way of Life
Communism on Tomorrow Street: Mass Housing and Everyday Life after Stalin. Baltimore: The Woodrow Wilson Center Press and the Johns Hopkins University Press, 2013.
Two Lessons in Modernism: What the Architectural Review and America’s Mass Media Taught Soviet Architects about the West, Trondheim Studies on East European Cultures and Societies 31 (Trondheim: Norges Teknisk-Naturvitenskapelige Universitet, 2010).
“‘I Know All the Secrets of My Neighbors’: The Quest for Privacy in the Era of the Separate Apartment,” in Borders of Socialism: Private Spheres of Soviet Russia, ed. Lewis H. Siegelbaum (New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2006), 171-189. Harris–I Know All the Secrets of My Neighbors
“‘We Too Want to Live in Normal Apartments’: Soviet Mass Housing and the Marginalization of the Elderly under Khrushchev and Brezhnev,” The Soviet and Post-Soviet Review 32, no. 2-3 (2005): 143-174.
“In Search of ‘Ordinary’ Russia: Everyday Life in the NEP, the Thaw, and the Communal Apartment,” Kritika: Explorations in Russian and Eurasian History 6, 3 (Summer 2005): 583-614.
TRANSLATIONS (French to English):
Yves Cohen, “The Cult of Number One in an Age of Leaders,” Kritika: Explorations in Russian & Eurasian History 8, no. 3 (2007): 597-634.