Nicholas Levy is a doctoral candidate in the Department of History at Stanford University, focusing primarily on the history of the Soviet Union and the former socialist bloc. He is interested in a social history of the Soviet 1970s that could begin to bridge the gap between the reductive narrative of “stagnation” and the nostalgic emphasis on “stability.” His dissertation project is tentatively titled “Over-Developed Socialism? Growing Industrial Cities in the Era of Deindustrialization.” The study explores socio-economic transformation and urban life in three interconnected, mid-sized cities across two decades from the mid-1960s to the mid-1980s. His research has been supported by a Fulbright US Student Research Grant, a visiting fellowship at the German Historical Institute in Warsaw, FLAS and ACLS language study grants, as well as the Europe Center, the Center for Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies, and the Program in History and Philosophy of Science – all at Stanford University. His previous work has dealt with architecture and urban transformation in the late Stalin era as well as youth mobilization for agricultural reform under Khrushchev. Further interests include Slavic languages, spatial history, history of science and technology, and film.
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