Stephen V. Bittner

Title: Professor

Concentration: Russian/Soviet and Eastern European History

Education: Ph.D., University of Chicago

Office: Stevenson 2070G

Phone: (707) 664-2447




Professor Stephen V. Bittner grew up in St. Joseph, Michigan, a small town on the southeastern shore of Lake Michigan that is famous for its beaches, lake-effect blizzards, and century-old lighthouse. He received a B.A. from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor in 1993, along with a lifelong devotion to (and frequent obsession with) Michigan football and hockey. After a brief stint as the director of a sailing school for children, he went to the University of Chicago to pursue a Ph.D. in Russian history. Before coming to SSU in 2002, he was a visiting professor at Lafayette College in Easton, Pennsylvania, and a fellow at the Kennan Institute for Advanced Russian Studies in Washington, D.C. Professor Bittner has lived for lengthy periods of time in Chicago, Washington, Moscow, and even Columbus, Ohio, where he was never allowed to forget that he had been permanently corrupted by that university up north.


  • HIST 202: Development of the Modern World, 1500-present
  • HIST 376: History of the Black Sea
  • HIST 380: Twentieth-century World
  • HIST 391: Study of History
  • HIST 412: Twentieth-century Europe
  • HIST 415: Eastern Europe to WWI
  • HIST 416: Eastern Europe after WWI
  • HIST 417: Russian Empire
  • HIST 418: Fall of European Communism
  • HIST 419: Soviet Union
  • HIST 498: Seminar on Stalinism
  • HIST 498: Seminar on Soviet Culture

Selected Scholarship:

“Soviet Dissidence, the Intelligentsia, and the Cold War,” in Macht und Geist im Kalten Krieg, ed. Bernd Greiner, Tim B. Müller, and Claudia Weber (Hamburg, 2011)

Куда идет историческая урбанистика? // Антропологический форум, no. 12 (2010): 26-39. ["Whither Urban History?" Forum for Anthropology and Culture, no. 12 (2010): 26-39].

The Many Lives of Khrushchev's Thaw: Experience and Memory in Moscow's Arbat (Cornell University Press, 2008).