Erin Hutchinson
Assistant Professor
Soviet Union / Modern Europe

Professor Hutchinson studies the cultural and political history of the Soviet Union, with a particular focus on the topics of nationality and empire.


Professor Hutchinson will be teaching courses on the history of the Soviet Union, the history of the Russian empire, and the modern Europe, including "Empire, Revolution & Global War: European History Since 1600."

Professor Hutchinson graduated with a B.A. from Arizona State University, an M.A. from Harvard University, and a Ph.D. from Harvard University. Her current book project, The Cultural Politics of the Nation after Stalin, 1953-1991, explores how intellectuals, especially those of rural origins, sought to transform cultural understandings of the nation in the Soviet Union after the death of Stalin. She received a Cohen-Tucker Dissertation Research Fellowship from the Association for Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies to conduct research for the project in Russia, Ukraine, Armenia, and Moldova. Her first article, “Ivan Denisovich on Trial: Soviet Writers, Russian Identity, and Solzhenitsyn’s Failed Bid for the 1964 Lenin Prize” is forthcoming in the journal Kritika: Explorations in Russian and Eurasian History. Professor Hutchinson is currently on leave for the 2020-2021 academic year as a postdoctoral fellow at the Harvard Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies at Harvard University. 

 Professor Hutchinson is not currently accepting M.A. and PhD students, but is excited to serve on Ph.D. committees related to the history of the Soviet Union, the Russian empire, nationalism, and imperialism.