Denise Youngblood


MA, PhD, Stanford University

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University of Vermont

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I am a historian of Russia/USSR, with a specialty in the Soviet film industry. After I graduated from NAHS in 1970, I attended Vanderbilt University before personal circumstances forced me to transfer to Wright State University in Dayton, OH, where I graduated in 1974 with a BA in history, magna cum laude. From there I matriculated at Stanford University, studying Russian and East European history. I conducted the part of the research for my doctoral dissertation at the Soviet state film institute in Moscow (when there was still a USSR), where I lived for a year. After receiving my PhD in 1980, I worked as a Slavic bibliographer in the Stanford University libraries before becoming the assistant to the executive director of the American Association for the Advancement of Slavic Studies, then based at Stanford (now at the University of Pittsburgh under a different name). In 1988, I joined the history faculty at the University of Vermont, where I remained for 29 years as a professor, department chair, vice provost for faculty and academic affairs, and president of the faculty union, as well as the author of 7 books and numerous articles. I retired in 2017. I continue to write article and book reviews and an an editor for a open access journal based in Berlin.