Barbara B. WalkerBarbara B. Walker

Associate Professor

Ph.D., University of Michigan, 1994

Mack Social Sciences, MSS 107 
Phone: (775) 784-4303




Professor Walker teaches a variety of courses in the area of modern Russian and European and Inner Eurasian History. In the Core Humanities program she teaches The Modern World (CH 202). In the History Department at the 200-level she teaches a regional survey of Inner Eurasian history, Nomads to Nations in Inner Eurasia; at the 300-level, the national surveys Russia to 1900 and 20th century Russia and the Soviet Union; and in her 400-level series of seminars on Topics in Russian and Eastern European History, she has taught Women, Family and Community in Russian History, Politics and Society in Modern Eastern Europe, The World of Joseph Stalin, Soviet Dissent, Literature and Society in Modern Russia, and Russia of the Romanovs. She also teaches History 300, Historical Research and Writing, for History majors. As a USAC guest professor in Lueneburg, Germany during the spring of 2004, she taught East Germany and ‘The Beautiful West,’ and Hitler’s Germany.  At the graduate level she teaches History 712, Seminar in Modern European History , and History 780, Seminar in Methdology, as well as fields in modern Russian and Soviet history and modern European history including a field in family and community in modern Europe. She is also available for special readings courses and senior theses in her areas of expertise with both undergraduate and graduate students.

As a research scholar, Professor Walker is presently working on the Cold War encounter between Soviet and American information experts.


Select publications:


Rise of the Original Information Generation: Soviet and American information experts between market and state in the Cold War (working title). In preparation.

Maximilian Voloshin and the Russian Literary Circle: Culture and Survival in Revolutionary Times. Bloomington, Indiana: Indiana University Press, 2005.


“The Moscow Correspondents, Soviet Human Rights Activists, and the Problem of the Western Gift,” in The Russian Experience: Americans Encountering the Enigma 1917 to the Present, eds. Beth Holmgren and Choi Chatterjee. New York: Routledge, Oct. 2012.

“Pollution and Purification in the Moscow Human Rights Movement of the 1960’s and 1970’s,” Slavic Review 68, no. 2 (Summer 2009) 376-395.

“Moscow human rights defenders look west: their attitudes toward US journalists in the 1960’s and ‘70’s,” Kritika: Explorations in Russian and Eurasian History, 9,4 (Fall 2008): 905-27.

 “Joseph Stalin, “Our Teacher Dear:” Mentorship, Social Transformation, and the Russian Intelligentsia Personality Cult Across the Revolution of 1917,” in Personenkulte im Stalinismus / Personality Cults in Stalinism, ed. Klaus Heller and Jan Plamper. Göttingen: Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, 2004.

"Kruzhok Culture and the Meaning of Patronage in the Early Soviet Literary World,” Contemporary European History II , I, Special Issue: Patronage, Personal Networks and the Party-State (2002): 107-123.

“(Still) Searching for a Soviet Society: A Review of Recent Scholarship on Personal Ties in Soviet Political and Economic Life,” Comparative Studies in Society and History, 43:3 (July 2001): 631-42.

"On Reading Soviet Memoirs: A History of the “Contemporaries” Genre as an Institution of Russian Intelligentsia Culture from the 1790’s to the 1970’s," The Russian Review 59 (July 2000): 327-52.

"Kruzhkovaia kul’tura i stanovlenie sovetskoi intelligentsii: na primere Maksimiliana Voloshina i Maksima Gor’kogo," Novoe literaturnoe obozrenie  40 (December, 1999): 210-222.


  • HIST 296: Nomads to Nations in Inner Eurasia
  • HIST 300: Historical Research and Writing
  • HIST 395: Russian History to 1900
  • HIST 396: 20th Century Russia and the Soviet Union
  • HIST 469/669: Topics in Russian and East European History
  • HIST 712:  Seminar in Modern  European History
  • HIST 780: Seminar in Methodology
  • CH 202: The Modern World