Introduction

My name is Steven E. Harris. I’m an Associate Professor in the Department of History and American Studies at the University of Mary Washington where I teach courses in modern Russian and European history. I’m also presently working on a couple projects about the history of late socialism. The first is a book project on the history of Aeroflot from the mid-1950s to 1991, which explores how the “world’s largest airline” evolved in three distinct political economies: the socialist one of the East bloc, the capitalist economy of the West, and the postcolonial economies of the Global South.

The Tupolev-104 at Vnukogo airport in 1956. Source: Grazhdanskaia aviatsiia, no. 5 (1956): inside cover.

The Tupolev-104 at Vnukogo airport in 1956. Source: Grazhdanskaia aviatsiia, no. 5 (1956): inside cover.

In 2016-2017, I was an A. Verville Fellow at the National Air and Space Museum where I conducted research on this book project. My second project is the collaborative research program Second World Urbanity, which Daria Bocharnikova and I launched in 2012. This project, which recently concluded its fourth conference at the Center for Urban History in Lviv, explores the history of urban planning, architecture, and everyday life in cities across the Second World, past and present.

My first book, Communism on Tomorrow Street: Mass Housing and Everyday Life after Stalin, was published in February 2013 by the Woodrow Wilson Center Press and the Johns Hopkins University Press.

Steven E. Harris, PhD
Associate Professor of History, University of Mary Washington
Research Associate, National Air and Space Museum, Washington, DC
harriss at si.edu
sharris at umw.edu

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