James Heinzen specializes in the history of modern Russia. His research interests include the social, political, and cultural history of the Soviet Union, Stalinism, crime and corruption in Soviet history, everyday life, and revolution. Heinzen is the author of two books and numerous scholarly articles in journals such as the Journal of Social History, Slavic Review, and Kritika. He has written on topics such as anticorruption campaigns, secret informant networks under Stalin, bribery as a cultural practice, attacks on “bourgeois specialists” in the 1920s, and the politics of Soviet identity after the Revolution. Heinzen received his PhD from the University of Pennsylvania, and his B.A. from Trinity College (Hartford, CT). Before he came to Rowan, he taught at Princeton University and Yale University.
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