Anna Krylova

Anna Krylova

Associate Professor of History

External address: 
209 Carr Bldg, Durham, NC 27710
Internal office address: 
Box 90719, Durham, NC 27708-0719
(919) 684-3871
Office Hours: 
By appointment


Anna Krylova is Associate Professor of Modern Russian History at Duke University. She works on twentieth-century Russia and the challenges posed in envisioning and building a socialist alternative in the age of industrial and post-industrial modernity and globalization.  Questions of historical theory and gender theory propel her work on contemporary historiography.  She is the author of Soviet Women in Combat: A History of Violence on the Eastern Front (Cambridge University Press, 2010) which was awarded the 2011 Herbert Baxter Adams Prize of the American Historical Association.

Her second book project, provisionally titled Imagining Socialism in the Soviet Century, aims to make possible a new cultural history of Soviet Russia by historicizing the ways in which normative conceptions of socialist society, sociality and individuality evolved in Russia from the Revolution of 1905 to Gorbachev’s half-decade of perestroika.  She is also preparing a historiographical manuscript, The Practice of History in the Twenty-First Century, featuring essays accessing of what has happened to the practice of history after the theoretical and epistemological turmoil of the 1980s-1990s.

Most recently, she has participated in an AHR Conversation “History after the End of History: Re-conceptualizing the Twentieth Century,” American Historical Review, December 2016 and is the author of “Gender Binary and the Limits of Poststructuralist Method,” Gender and History, August 2016; “Bolshevik Feminism and Gender Agendas of Communism,” in Silvio Pons and Stephen Smith, eds., World Revolution and Socialism in One Country (Cambridge University Press, forthcoming, 2017); and “Soviet Modernity: Stephen Kotkin and the Bolshevik Predicament,” Contemporary European History, May 2014.  She has been Fellow at the National Humanities Center; George Kennan Member at the Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton; Fellow at Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies at Harvard University, and visiting scholar at the Institute of Eastern European History at Tubingen University (Germany). Her work has been supported by the Mellon Faculty Book Manuscript Workshop Fellowship, SSRC, and IREX.



Ph.D., History, 2001, Johns Hopkins University. 

M.A., History, 1998, Johns Hopkins University.

M.A., Political Science, 1995, Johns Hopkins University.

Awards and Honors

Fellow, National Humanities Center, 2013-2014.

Member, School of Historical Studies, Institute for Advanced Study, Spring Term, 2013.

2011 Herbert Baxter Adams Prize of the American Historical Association, awarded for the best first book in European history.

2008-2009 Mellon Faculty Book Manuscript Workshop Fellowship, John Hope Franklin Humanities Institute, Duke University.

2006-2010 Hunt Family Assistant Professor of History, Duke University.

2005-2002 Post-Doctoral Fellowship, Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies, Harvard University.

1998-1999 Social Science Research Council Dissertation Write-up Grant.

1999 Stulman Graduate Student, Department of History, Johns Hopkins University.

1997-1998 IREX Individual Advanced Research Opportunities Fellowship.

1997-1998 Pre-Dissertation Fellowship Award, Association for Women in Slavic Studies.

Education & Training

  • Ph.D., Johns Hopkins University 2000

  • M.A., Johns Hopkins University 1998

Krylova, A. ““Neither Erased nor Remembered: Soviet “Women Combatants” and Cultural Strategies of Forgetting In Soviet Russia, 1940s-1980s".” Histories of the Aftermath: The European Postwar in Comparative Perspective, edited by F. Biess and R. G. Moeller, Berghahn Books, 2010, pp. 83–101.

Krylova, A. “Identity, Agency, and the First Soviet Generation.” Generations in 20th Century Europe, edited by S. Lovell, Palgrave Macmillan, 2007, pp. 101–21.

Krylova, A. “’Dancing on the Graves of the Dead’ or Building a World War II Memorial in Post-Soviet Russia.” Memory and The Impact of Political Transformation in Public Space, edited by D. J. Walkowitz and L. M. Knauer, Duke University Press, 2004, pp. 83–102.

Kylova, A, Daniel. “In Their Own Words? Autobiographies of Women Writers, 1930-1946.” A History of Women’s Writing in Russia, edited by A. Barker and J. Gheith, Cambridge University Press, 2002, pp. 243–76.

Krylova, A. “’Ved ne mozhesh’ ty vechno zhit’ moeii zhizniiu:’ Lichnow I lichnost’ v predvoennoi sovetskoi literature I obshchestve.” Sotsialisticheskii Kanon, edited by hans Giunter and Evgeny Dobrenko, St. Petersburg: Akademicheskii proekt, 2000.

Kylova, A, Evgeny. “’Saying Lenin and Meaning Party’: Subversion and Laughter in Late Soviet Society.” Consuming Russia: Popular Culture, Sex and Society since Gorbachev, edited by A. Barker and S. Ramet, Duke University Press, 1998, pp. 243–65.

Kylova, A, S. “Revoliutsionnyi diskurs.” Oktiabr’ 1917: Smysl I Znachenie, edited by V. T. Loginov, Moscow: Gorbachev-Fond, 1998.

Kylova, A, V. T. “Teaching Cultural History: Russian and Soviet Literature as Historical Documents.” Urgent Problems of Teaching Russian History in Russian and American Universities, edited by Petr Kabytov, Samara State University, 1998.

Krylova, A. “Soviet sociality and the problem of historical reconstruction. Thinking together with elena zubkova.” Rossiiskaia Istoria, vol. 2019, no. 5, Sept. 2019, pp. 31–34. Scopus, doi:10.31857/S086956870006376-4. Full Text

Krylova, A. “Imagining socialism in the soviet century.” Social History, vol. 42, no. 3, July 2017, pp. 315–41. Scopus, doi:10.1080/03071022.2017.1327640. Full Text Open Access Copy

Krylova, A. “Gender binary and the limits of poststructuralist method.” Gender and History, vol. 28, no. 2, Aug. 2016, pp. 307–23. Scopus, doi:10.1111/1468-0424.12209. Full Text Open Access Copy

Krylova, A., and E. Osokina. “Introduction: The Economic Turn and Modern Russian History.” Soviet and Post Soviet Review, vol. 43, no. 3, Jan. 2016, pp. 265–70. Scopus, doi:10.1163/18763324-04303002. Full Text Open Access Copy

Goswami, M., et al. “History after the end of history: Reconceptualizing the twentieth century.” American Historical Review, vol. 121, no. 5, Jan. 2016, pp. 1567–607. Scopus, doi:10.1093/ahr/121.5.1567. Full Text Open Access Copy

Krylova, A. “Soviet Modernity: Stephen Kotkin and The Bolshevik Predicament.” Contemporary European History, vol. 23, May 2014, pp. 167–92.

Krylova, A. “Stalinist identity from the viewpoint of gender: Rearing a generation of professionally violent women-fighters in 1930s stalinist Russia.” Gender and History, vol. 16, no. 3, Jan. 2004, pp. 626–53. Scopus, doi:10.1111/j.0953-5233.2004.00359.x. Full Text

Krylova, Anna. “Beyond the Spontaneity-Consciousness Paradigm: “Class Instinct” as a Promising Category of Historical Analysis.” Slavic Review, vol. 62, no. 1, Cambridge University Press (CUP), 2003, pp. 1–23. Crossref, doi:10.2307/3090463. Full Text

Krylova, A. “’Healers of Wounded Souls’: The Crisis of Private Life in Soviet Literature and Society, 1944-46.” Journal of Modern History, vol. 73, no. 2, June 2001, pp. 307–31. Manual, doi:10.1086/321026. Full Text

Krylova, A. “The Tenacious Liberal Subject in Soviet Studies.” Kritika: Explorations in Russian and Eurasian History, vol. 1, no. Winter 2000, 2000, pp. 119–46.

Krylova, A., and E. Osokina, editors. “The Economic Turn and Modern Russian History.” Soviet and Post Soviet Review, vol. 43, no. 3, Brill Academic Publishers, 2016, pp. 265–70.