David Woodruff

 Senior Lecturer in Comparative Politics, Department of Government, LondonSchool of Economics and Political Science. His publications include the book  »Money Unmade: Barter and the Fate of Russian Capitalism» (Cornell University Press, 1999). In 2004 he received Franklin L. Burdette/Pi Sigma Alpha Award for the best paper presented at the 2003 Annual Conference of the American Political Science Association, for “Boom, Gloom, Doom”. More details here.

Boris Kolonitskii

Doctor of Historical Sciences, Vice-Chancellor and Provost for Science at the European University at St. Petersburg, Professor on the Faculty of History at European University at St. Petersburg. A well-known researcher of the Russian Revolution of 1917. Coauthor (along with Orlando Figes) of the book «Interpreting the Russian Revolution: The Language and Symbols of 1917″ (Yale University Press, 1999). The author of more than 100 scientific works. His article «Anti-Bourgeois Propaganda and ‘Anti-Burzhui’ Consciousness in 1917″ (The Russian Review, 1994) was included in the list of works of Russian historians most frequently cited in English-language publications. See his academic profile on the site of the EuropeanUniversity at St. Petersburg.

Mary McAuley

Associate of the International Centre for Prison studies, King’s College, London. Her books include »Soviet Politics 1917 — 1991″ (Oxford University Press 1992), «Russia’s Politics of Uncertainty» (Cambridge University Press, 1997) and (in Russian) «Deti v Tiurmye» (Children in Prison, Moscow, OGI, 2008). She has also published several recent articles on youth crime in Russia.

Steve Smith

Senior Research Fellow in Oxford University since 2012, Professor of History of Eastern Europe and China (19th and 20th century), European University Institute, Florence (from 2008). Prof. Smith is currently working on a book that compares the efforts of Communist regimes in the Soviet Union (1917-1941) and the People’s Republic of China (1949-1976) to eliminate  ‘superstition’ from daily life. He is the editor, together with Lyndal Roper, of the journal, Past and Present. His recent publications are Revolution and the People in Russia and China: A Comparative History (2008), The Religion of Fools? Superstition Past and Present (2008), The Russian Revolution: A Very Short Introduction (2002), Like Cattle and Horses: Nationalism and Labor in Shanghai, 1895-1927 (2002).

Alexander Etkind

Professor of Russian Literature and the History of Russian Culture at King’s College (Cambridge). Author of the books Eros of the Impossible: The History of Psychoanalysis in Russia, Sodom and Psyche. Essays on the Intellectual History of the Silver Age, and Interpretation of Voyages. Russia and America in Travelogues and Intertexts, The Khlyst: Sects, Literature and Revolution and other. Director of the European research project, «Memory at War» (www.memoryatwar.org). See his academic profile on the site of the University of Cambridge.