Assistant Professor of History, Russian & Slavic Studies
Field of Study:
Soviet Union and its successors, history of the state, cultures of economic life, urban history
Anne O’Donnell is Assistant Professor of History and Russian and Slavic Studies. She received her Ph.D. in history from Princeton University, M.A. from the University of California, Berkeley, and A.B. from Princeton University. O’Donnell’s research investigates the cultural history of the Soviet state and economy, and the political history of socialist material life, from the Soviet Union’s inception to its collapse. Her first book manuscript examines the transformation of state institutions during the revolutionary era (1916-1923) through the prism of important material objects—apartment buildings, offices, and other urban spaces; furniture and movable goods; money and "valuables"—and critical conceptual categories including value, possession and property, trust, and economic crime. She plans a second project dealing with the history of poverty in "late socialism," focusing on Soviet policies and imaginaries surrounding poverty and the poor in the fields of sociology, urban design, visual culture, and welfare programs within the Soviet Union and abroad. In the coming academic year, she will be teaching undergraduate and graduate courses on the history of Russia in the twentieth century, as well as a freshman seminar on revolutions from France to the Arab Spring. O’Donnell comes to NYU from Harvard University, where she was a Prize Fellow at the University’s Center for History and Economics. She is the recipient of the ACLS-Mellon Dissertation Completion Fellowship and the Jacob K. Javits Fellowship. Her research has also been supported by the Social Science Research Council and the U.S. Department of Education.