Stuart D. Finkel

|Associate Professor
Academic Appointments

Associate Professor of Russian Studies

Stuart Finkel is the most recent addition to the Russian Department after many years teaching history at the University of Florida in Gainesville. He is not entirely new to Dartmouth, however, having previously taught as a visitor including courses on the Russian Revolution, Soviet history and culture, and the history of human rights. He is currently completing a book entitled For Martyrs or for Enemies: Aid to Political Prisoners in Russia and the Soviet Union, which both surveys the long, complex history of aid to political prisoners & exiles through the 19th and 20th centuries, and provides a detailed examination of the so-called “Political Red Cross,” which led by Ekaterina Peshkova lobbied on their behalf from 1918 to 1937. In so doing, it also engages critically with the burgeoning interdisciplinary literature on the origins and genesis of international human rights and humanitarianism.

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HB 6085


  • Ph.D. Stanford University
  • M.A. Stanford University
  • B.A. Harvard College

Selected Publications

  • “Intelligentsia Conceptions: Duty and Obshchestvennost ́in War and Revolution,” in Russia's Home Front in War and Revolution, 1914-22, Book 3: National Disintegration and Reintegration, ed. Christopher Read, Peter Waldron, and Adele Lindenmeyr (Bloomington, IN: Slavica Publishers, 2018), p.267-95.

  • The ‘Political Red Cross’ and the Genealogy of Rights Discourse in Revolutionary Russia,” The Journal of Modern History  89, no. 1 (March 2017): 79-118.

  • “Nikolai Berdiaev and the Philosophical Tasks of the Emigration,” in Gary M. Hamburg and Randall A. Poole, eds., A History of Russian Philosophy, 1830-1930: Faith, Reason, and the Defense of Human Dignity (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2010), 346-62.

  • “Perversions and Transformations: A. S. Izgoev and the Intelligentsia Debates, 1904-22,” in Landmarks Revisited: The Vekhi Debates 100 Years On, ed. Robin Aizlewood & Ruth Coates (Boston: Academic Studies Press, 2013), p.69-85.

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Works In Progress

  • For Martyrs or for Enemies: Aid to Political Prisoners in Russia and the Soviet Union
    (Scholarly monograph, estimated date of completion: late 2018/early 2019.)

  • The Many Lives of Ekaterina Pavlovna Peshkova: Towards a Biography of a Humanitarian and Activist. (Scholarly monograph, estimated date of completion: late 2019/early 2020.)