Francine Hirsch

Francine Hirsch (@FranHirsch) is Vilas Distinguished Achievement Professor of History at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where she teaches courses on Russian and Soviet history, postwar Europe, and the history of human rights. She received her PhD in History from Princeton University in 1998. Her first book, Empire of Nations: Ethnographic Knowledge and the Making of the Soviet Union (Cornell, 2005), received several awards, including the Wayne S. Vucinich Prize of the Association for Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies. Her second book, Soviet Judgment at Nuremberg: A New History of the International Military Tribunal after World War Two (Oxford, 2020), won four book prizes including the 2021 Certificate of Merit for a Preeminent Contribution to Creative Scholarship from the American Society for International Law and the George Louis Beer Prize of the American Historical Association. Hirsch has launched a new book project on the long history of Russian-American entanglement, tentatively titled “Enemies, A Love Story.”

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