Sheila Fitzpatrick

Bernadotte E. Schmitt Distinguished Service Professor Emerita
DPhil 1969 Oxford

Sheila Fitzpatrick has retired and no longer directs BA theses or accepts new graduate students.

Field Specialties

Soviet social, political, and cultural history; social identity; social mobility; the international Left; Australian history


Sheila Fitzpatrick is primarily a historian of modern Russia. Her recent work has focused on Soviet social and cultural history in the Stalin period, particularly everyday practices and social identity. She is currently working on projects on Soviet society under Khrushchev, displaced persons in Germany after the Second World War, and the Australian Left. In 2002, she received a Mellon Foundation Distinguished Achievement Award. She is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the Australian Academy of the Humanities and is a past president of the American Association for Slavic and East European Studies.


Tear off the Masks! Identity and Imposture in Twentieth-Century Russia. Princeton University Press, 2005.

(ed.). Stalinism: New Directions. New York: Routledge, 2000.

(ed. with Yuri Slezkine). In the Shadow of Revolution: Life Stories of Russian Women from 1917 to the Second World War. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 2000.

Everyday Stalinism: Ordinary Life in Extraordinary Times: Soviet Russia in the 1930s. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1999.

(ed. with Robert Gellately). Accusatory Practices: Denunciation in Modern European History, 1789–1989. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1997.

Stalin's Peasants: Resistance and Survival in the Russian Village after Collectivization. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1994.

The Cultural Front. Power and Culture in Revolutionary Russia. Ithaca: NY: Cornell University Press, 1992.

The Russian Revolution. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1st ed., 1982/3; 2nd revised ed. 1994; 3rd (revised) ed. 2007.

Education and Social Mobility in the Soviet Union, 1921–1932. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1979.

(ed.). Cultural Revolution in Russia, 1928–1931. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1978.

The Commissariat of Enlightenment. Soviet Organization of Education and the Arts under Lunacharsky, 1917–1921. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1970.

"The Soviet Union in the 21st Century." Journal of European Studies 37, no. 1 (2007)

"Social Parasites: How Tramps, Idle Youth, and Busy Entrepreneurs Impeded the Soviet March to Communism." Cahiers du monde russe et soviétique 47, no. 1–2 (2006).

"Happiness and Toska: A Study of Emotions in 1930s Russia." Australian Journal of Politics and History 50, no. 3 (2004).

"Politics as Practice: Thoughts on a New Soviet Political History." Kritika 5, no. 1 (2004).

"Vengeance and Ressentiment in the Russian Revolution." French Historical Studies 24, no. 4 (2001).