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Alan Ball (BA Oberlin College, MA and PhD University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill) has research and teaching specialties in Russian/Soviet history and the Cold War. His publications include:

Russia's Last Capitalists: The Nepmen, 1921-1929. Berkeley: University of California Press, 1987. Paperback edition 1990.

And Now My Soul Is Hardened: Abandoned Children in Soviet Russia, 1918-1930. Berkeley: University of California Press, 1994. Paperback edition 1996.

Imagining America: Influence and Images in Twentieth-Century Russia. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield, 2003.

Liberty’s Tears: Soviet Portraits of the “American Way of Life” During the Cold War.  Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2015.

Most of his research and writing is currently absorbed by a long-term project devoted to statistical reporting and analysis pertaining to the Wisconsin Supreme Court. Findings appear on his SCOWstats blog and seek to cast light on the justices’ yearly voting patterns and on a diverse range of issues pertaining to the court. These posts are accompanied by a law-firm fantasy league whose standings are updated frequently throughout the months when the justices file their decisions.

His work with students centers primarily on Russian/Soviet history, 20th-century Europe, and the Cold War, as evident in the list of courses that follows.

Courses offered:

Hist 1001 and 1002 (Western Civilization)

Hist 4270 (Russian History to 1861)

Hist 4271 (The Russian Revolution and the Soviet Union)

Hist 4298 (The Cold War)

Hist 4953 (America Through Russian and Soviet Eyes)

Hist 6250 (Europe in the Twentieth Century)

Hist 6525 (The Soviet Union’s Cold War)

Hist 6525 (Stalinism Through Memoirs and Literature)

Hist 6958 (Seminar in Modern Russian/Soviet History)

HOPR 4953 (Soviet Perspectives on the Cold War)






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