Department of History and the College
Eleonor Gilburd specializes in the history of modern Russia and the
Soviet Union, with particular interest in Soviet culture, society, and their international context. She is completing her first book, a comprehensive history of the Soviet opening to the West during the 1950s and 1960s. She analyzes the reception of Western texts, paintings, cinema, and melodies, following them as they spread to the remotest corners of the Soviet Union. She also highlights translation as a mechanism of transfer, a process of habituation, and a metaphor for cultural interaction. The book examines what happened in this encounter to entrenched ideas of class morality and cultural supremacy, familiar ways of looking at paintings, and the established languages of literature and cinema.
Gilburd’s research has been supported by, most recently, the National Endowment for the Humanities and National Council for Eurasian and East European Research. She earned her PhD from the University of California, Berkeley, where her dissertation was awarded the James H. Kettner Dissertation Prize from the History Department and the Robert C. Tucker/Stephen F. Cohen Dissertation Prize from the Association for Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies. She also received a BA from the University of Chicago.
Gilburd joined the University of Chicago faculty in 2013.