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Dr. Brian LaPierre

Associate Professor


Brian LaPierre earned a PhD in from the University of Chicago and is a social historian of modern Russia. He is the author of the monograph Hooligans in Khrushchev’s Russia: Defining, Policing, and Producing Deviance during the Thaw and of several peer-reviewed articles on crime, social control, and the legal system in the post-Stalinist Soviet Union. A past recipient of grants and fellowships from the Fulbright-Hays Foundation, the Mellon Foundation, and the International Research and Exchange Board (IREX), LaPierre currently is working on a book-length research project on Bulgarian guestworkers in the Soviet Union and a study of capital punishment in the post-Stalinist period. 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.

  • PHD - University of Chicago (2006)
  • MA - University of Chicago (1998)
  • BA - Millersville University of Pennsylvania (1996)

HIS 452: Muscovite and Imperial Russia
HIS 458: The Soviet Union and Post-Communist Russia
HIS 334: Twentieth Century Europe
IS 491: Senior Seminar in International Studies

  • Hooligans in Khrushchev's Russia: Defining, Policing, and Producing Deviance during the Thaw, 2012
  • "Making Hooliganism on a Mass Scale: The Campaign against Petty Hooliganism in the Soviet Union, 1956-¬1964," , Cahiers du monde russe, 2006
  • Private Matters or Public Crimes: The Emergence of Domestic Hooliganism in the Soviet Union, 1939-1966, Borders of Socialism: Private Spheres of Soviet Russia, 2006
  • "Dealing with Social Disorders that Should Not Exist: The Khrushchev-­Era Soft Line on Petty Crime and the Struggle against Hooliganism in Soviet Russia during the Thaw," , Russian History/Histoire russe, 2009,
  • Association for Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies
  • English (Native or Bilingual)
  • Russian (Full Professional)
  • Bulgarian (Limited Working)
  • French (Limited Working)

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Areas of Expertise

History of Modern Russia