Major Field: Russian and East European History
Other Field: Global History
Adviser: Donald J. Raleigh
BA Indiana University at Bloomington
MA University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2009
MA Thesis: “For Peace and Friendship of All Countries: Soviet Citizens’ Opinions of Peace during the Cold War, May 1960″
PhD University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2014
My dissertation project is an exploration of the Soviet Union of the 1950s and 1960s through Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev’s Corn Campaign, which envisioned spreading this quintessential American crop across the length and breadth of the immense and environmentally diverse country. I view the project as an opportunity to connect a variety of major themes, including science and technology; internal Party and government politics; international relations in the Cold War context; urban and rural society; and consumer culture, just to name a few. I see corn as more than just the object of the study: it is also a tool that provides access to issues important to understanding the post-Stalin period.