John P. Birkelund '52 Professor in History and International Affairs
Center Advisory Council, Ex Officio
Office Phone
228 Dickinson Hall

Stephen Kotkin was Princeton faculty 1989-2022 and is currently with Stanford University.  At Princeton, he taught undergraduate and graduate courses on modern authoritarian regimes, global history (1850-present), and Soviet-Eurasian history.  His books include Uncivil Society: 1989 and the Implosion of the Communist Establishment (Random House Modern Library, 2009), with a contribution by Jan Gross; Armageddon Averted: The Soviet Collapse 1970-2000 (Oxford, 2001; new edition 2008), Magnetic Mountain: Stalinism as a Civilization (1995); and Worlds Together, Worlds Apart: A History of the World, coauthored with others (W.W. Norton, 3rd edition 2010). 

He directed Princeton's Russian and Eurasian Studies Program for thirteen years (1995-2008), served as a member and then chairman of the Princeton University Press editorial board (2003-7), and was director of PIIRS 2018-22. He has written reviews and essays for The New RepublicTimes Literary Supplement, The New YorkerThe Washington PostFinancial Times, and for a number of years was the regular book reviewer for the New York Times Sunday Business section. He serves as a consultant on emerging markets and global trends for the World Pension Forum, an association for institutional investors, and philanthropic institutions, such as George Soros' Open Society Foundations. His Ph.D. in history is from University of California Berkeley (1988).