Associate Professor and Director of International Studies
Brian LaPierre earned a PhD in history from the University of Chicago and is a social historian of modern Russia. His research focuses on crime, social control, and the legal system in the post-WWII period. He is the author of Hooligans in Khrushchev’s Russia: Defining, Policing, and Producing Deviance during the Thaw (Madison, WI: University of Wisconsin Press, 2012) and several peer-reviewed publications in journals such as Slavic Review, Russian Review, Russian History/Histoire russe, and Les cahiers du monde russe. A past recipient of grants and fellowships from the Fulbright-Hays Foundation, the Mellon Foundation, and the International Research and Exchange Board (IREX), LaPierre is currently engaged in research projects on the postwar death penalty and on the use of Bulgarian guest workers in the Soviet economy. When he is not pondering the riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma, LaPierre can be found listening to his beloved classical music or raising/traumatizing his equally beloved daughter, Lena.