Barbara Allen, Ph.D.

History, School of Arts and Sciences

Barbara C. Allen, Ph.D. is a historian of Russia and the Soviet Union, specializing in the history of the Russian revolutionary movement and the early Soviet state. 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.



  • The Workers’ Opposition in the Russian Communist Party: Documents, 1919-30, editor and translator (Brill cloth and eBook editions, 2021; Haymarket Books paperback, 2022). xvi+944 pp.
  • Leaflets of the Russian Revolution: Socialist Organizing in 1917, editor and translator (Chicago: Haymarket Books, 2018). xiii+152 pp.
  • Alexander Shlyapnikov, 1885-1937: Life of an Old Bolshevik (Brill cloth and eBook editions, 2015; Haymarket Books paperback 2016). xiv+426 pp.

Chapters in:

  • The Bloomsbury Handbook of the Russian Revolution. Edited by Geoffrey Swain et al. London: Bloomsbury Publishing, 2023.
  • Russia’s Century of Revolutions: Parties, People, Places. Edited by Michael Melancon and Donald J. Raleigh. Bloomington, IN: Slavica Publishers, 2012.
  • A Dream Deferred: New Studies in Russian and Soviet Labour History. Edited by Donald Filtzer, Wendy Goldman, Gijs Kessler, and Simon Pirani. Bern: Peter Lang, 2008.
  • Events That Changed Russia Since 1855. Edited by Frank W. Thackeray. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 2007.

Peer-reviewed Academic Journal Articles In:

  • 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 130: Russia: Forest and Steppe
  • FYS 130: Gaming the Past: People, Ideas, and Events
  • Honors 121: Early Human History and Societies
  • Honors 122: Modern Societies and Their Legacies
  • 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 362: World War II
  • History 369: The Holocaust
  • History 373: Modern Europe, 1789-1914
  • History 375: Twentieth Century Europe, 1914-1991
  • History 381: 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


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