Associate Professor, University of Richmond (USA).
Graduated from Harvard University. 1999 — defended his Ph.D. dissertation on “The ‘Short Course’ to Modernity: Stalinist History Textbooks, Mass Culture and the Formation of Popular Russian National Identity, 1934-1956”.
2003–2009 — Assistant Professor in the Department of History at University of Richmond. Since 2010 — Associate Professor in the Department of History at the University of Richmond. Member of the “Stalin’s Digital Archive” Editorial Board – a collaboration of the Russian State Archive of Social and Political History (RGASPI) and Yale University Press. Reviews publications for “Kritika,” “The Russian Review,” “Cahiers du Monde russe,” “Cambridge University Press”, “Macmillan Publishers,” etc.
Initiator and Chief Editor of the “The Harvard Project on the Soviet Social System Online” digital resource. Author of more than scientific 80 works including monographs “National Bolshevism: Stalinist Mass Culture and the Formation of Modern Russian National Identity, 1931-1956” (Harvard, 2002); “Propaganda State in Crisis: Ideology, Indoctrination and Terror under Stalin, 1927-1941” (Yale, 2011).
Personal page at the University of Richmond website: https://facultystaff.richmond.edu/~dbranden/