Stuart D. Finkel

|Associate Professor
Academic Appointments
  • Associate Professor of Russian Studies

  • Affiliated Associate Professor of History

Stuart Finkel joined the Department of East European, Eurasian, & Russian Studies in 2018, after having taught for a number of years in the History Department at the University of Florida; he was not entirely new to Dartmouth, having previously taught as a visitor including courses on the Russian Revolution, Soviet history and culture, and the history of human rights. He is currently working on a multi-volume project surveying the long, complex history of aid to political prisoners & exiles in Russia and the Soviet Union, critically engaging with the burgeoning scholarship on the origins and genesis of international humanitarianism & human rights. The first book, Revolutionary Philanthropy: Aid to Political Prisoners and Exiles in Late Imperial Russia (Oxford University Press, 2024), which details the origins of "political philanthropy" in the late nineteenth century, will be available in spring/summer 2024 (e-book available in May, print edition in July). The second volume in the larger project, tentatitively entitled Defending the Enemy: The Political Red Cross and Aid to Soviet Political Prisoners, will provide a detailed examination of the so-called "Political Red Cross," led by Ekaterina Peshkova, which lobbied on behalf of political prisoners and exiles from 1918 to 1937.

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  • Ph.D. Stanford University
  • M.A. Stanford University
  • B.A. Harvard College

Selected Publications

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Works In Progress

  • Defending the Enemy: The Political Red Cross and Aid to Soviet Political Prisoners
    (Scholarly monograph, estimated date of completion 2027.)

  • The Many Lives of Ekaterina Pavlovna Peshkova: Towards a Biography of a Humanitarian and Activist. 
    (Planned scholarly monograph, estimated date of completion 2027.)