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Barbara Allen, Ph.D.

Barbara Allen, Ph.D.

Associate Professor


Barbara C. Allen, associate professor of history, is a historian of Russia and the Soviet Union, specializing in the history of the Russian revolutionary movement and the early Soviet regime. Her research interests include the history of working-class opposition to the Soviet Communist Party’s dictatorship. She has conducted archival research in Russia, Ukraine, and the United States and has presented at conferences in the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, Russia, Canada, and the U.S. Her research and conference travel have been supported by numerous grants and fellowships, including a Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad grant.


  • Alexander Shlyapnikov, 1885-1937: Life of an Old Bolshevik (Brill cloth and eBook editions, 2015; Haymarket Books paperback 2016).
  • Leaflets of the Russian Revolution: Socialist Organizing in 1917, editor and translator (Chicago: Haymarket Books, 2018).\

Articles by her have appeared in the following peer-reviewed academic journals:

  • Cahiers du Monde Russe
  • Jahrbücher für Geschichte Osteuropas
  • Canadian-American Slavic Studies
  • Revolutionary Russia
  • The Soviet and Post-Soviet Review
  • Jahrbuch für Forschungen zur Geschichte der Arbeiterbewegung
  • The NEP Era: Soviet Russia, 1921-1928


  • FYS (First-Year Seminar) 130: Russia: Forest and Steppe
  • Honors 121: Western Civilization I
  • Honors 122: Western Civilization II
  • History 250: Global History to 1500
  • History 251: Global History from 1500 to the Present
  • History 341: Russia & America since 1741
  • History 355: Stalin’s Russia
  • History 369: The Holocaust
  • History 373: Modern Europe, 1789-1914
  • History 375: Twentieth-Century Europe, 1914-1991
  • History 378: Muscovy & the Russian Empire, 1462-1917
  • History 382: Twentieth-Century Russia & USSR
  • History 444: Undergraduate Research Projects
  • History 480: History Senior Seminar I
  • History 481: History Senior Seminar II
  • History 650: Oral History: Theory and Methods
  • History 700: Soviet Russia: From Lenin to Stalin
  • History 770: Thesis Direction I
  • History 771: Thesis Direction II


  • B.A. 1989 University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (History)
  • M.A. 1992 Indiana University Bloomington (History)
  • Ph.D. 2001 Indiana University Bloomington (History)

Professional Associations

  • Association for Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies
  • Association for Women in Slavic Studies
  • Southern Conference on Slavic Studies
  • Study Group on the Russian Revolution
  • American Association of University Professors