Professor Jan Plamper

Professor Jan Plamper
Academic Staff
Professor of History
Room: C1090

Jan’s research interests include the history of emotions, sensory history, the history of migration and Russian and European history. Chronologically, he is most interested in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. He is fluent in English, German and Russian and has appeared across various media (newspapers, radio, TV) in all three.

After completing a B.A. in History at Brandeis University in 1992, Jan did social work for the anti-Stalinist grassroots organisation Memorial in St. Petersburg. In 2001 he received his Ph.D. in History at the University of California, Berkeley, with a dissertation on Joseph Stalin’s personality cult. He then taught at Tübingen University and from 2008 to 2012 worked in Berlin as a Dilthey Fellow (Fritz Thyssen Foundation) at the Centre for the History of Emotions, Max Planck Institute for Human Development. From 2012 to 2021 he was professor of history at Goldsmiths, University of London, where he initiated MA programmes in Black British history and Queer history, both world’s first. Jan has held fellowships at Historisches Kolleg in Munich, Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin, Imre Kertész Kolleg Jena and Alfried Krupp Wissenschaftskolleg Greifswald.

Jan is a student mentor (Vetrauensdozent) for the scholarship foundation ELES, serves on a number of editorial and professional boards and edits the Cambridge University Press series ‘Elements on Histories of Emotions and the Senses’. His own publications have been translated into other languages and won prizes.

Select Bibliography

Das neue Wir. Warum Migration dazugehört: Eine andere Geschichte der Deutschen (S. Fischer, 2019).

The History of Emotions: An Introduction (Oxford University Press, 2015).

The Stalin Cult: A Study in the Alchemy of Power (Yale University Press, 2012).

Co-editor with Benjamin Lazier, Fear: Across the Disciplines (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2012).

Co-editor with Schamma Schahadat and Marc Elie, Rossiiskaia imperiia chuvstv: Podkhody k kul’turnoi istorii emotsii (NLO, 2010).

Editor, ‘Emotional Turn? Feelings in Russian History and Culture’, Slavic Review 68, no. 2 (2009).

‘Sounds of February, Smells of October: The Russian Revolution as Sensory Experience’, American Historical Review 126, no. 1 (2021), pp 140-165.

‘State Communism @100: Remembering and Forgetting the Russian Revolution’, in The Cambridge History of Communism, vol. 3, ed. Juliane Fürst, Silvio Pons, Mark Selden (Cambridge University Press, 2017), pp 581-599.

‘Ivan’s Bravery’, in Learning How to Feel: Children’s Literature and Emotional Socialization, 1870-1970, multi-authored with Ute Frevert et al. (Oxford University Press, 2014), pp 191-208.

‘Fear: Soldiers and Emotion in Early Twentieth-Century Russian Military Psychology’, Slavic Review 68, no. 2 (2009), pp 259-283.

‘Foucault’s Gulag’, Kritika: Explorations in Russian and Eurasian History 3, no. 2 (2001), pp 555-580.

‘Abolishing Ambiguity: Soviet Censorship Practices in the 1930s’, Russian Review 60, no. 4 (2001), pp 526-544.

‘The Russian Orthodox Episcopate, 1721-1917: A Prosopography’, Journal of Social History 34, no. 1 (2000), pp 5-34.