Barbara Martin

Barbara Martin obtained her BA in History and Russian studies from the University in Geneva in 2009 and her Masters in International History and Politics from the Graduate Institute in 2011. In September 2016, she completed her PhD in International History, entitled “Filling the ‘Blank Spots’ of the Dark Pages of our History”: Dissident Historians’ Underground Accounts of the Soviet Past (1956-1985)” (under the supervision of Prof. Andre Liebich). It is forthcoming in 2019 under the title Dissident Histories in the Soviet Union: from de-Stalinization to Perestroika.

In 2017-2018 she was a post-doctoral researcher in Moscow (Higher School of Economics) and Bremen, Germany (Forschungsstelle Osteuropa) for an SNFS-funded project on strategies of political action of Soviet dissidents during the Cold War and Perestroika. She is working on a biography of the dissident brothers Roy and Zhores Medvedev.

Her new project focuses on Russian Orthodox dissent and the religious revival in the late Soviet Union.

Her interests also include the history of the Holocaust and Holodomor, memory politics, and nationalism in the post-Soviet space.


Selected Publications


Dissident Histories in the Soviet Union: from de-Stalinization to Perestroika (London: Bloomsbury, 2019)

Istoricheskii sbornik Pamiat’: Materialy i Issledovaniia, with Anton Sveshnikov. (Moscow: Novoe Literaturnoe Obozrenie, 2017).


Peer-Reviewed Articles

“Between Scholarship and Dissidence: The Dissident Historical Collection Pamiat’ (1975-1982)” With Anton Sveshnikov. Slavic Review, Vol. 76, n°4, 1003-1026.


Non-Peer Reviewed Articles

“Soviet Dissidents and the Legacy of the 1917 Revolutions,” Vestnik Sankt-Peterburgskogo universiteta. Istoriia, n°1 (2019).

“Soviet dissident historians as a societal phenomenon of the post-Stalin era (1956-1985)”, International Journal of Russian Studies, n°3/1 (January 2014).

« Babi Yar : la commémoration impossible », Emulations, n°12 (printemps 2013), 67-79.

« Le Holodomor dans les relations russo-ukrainiennes de 2005 à 2010 : guerre des mémoires, guerre des identités », Relations Internationales, Vol. 2, n° 150 (Printemps 2012), 105-116.


Book Chapters in Edited Volumes

“A Selective Silence: Leonid Brezhnev’s Compromise over the Memory of Stalin’s Crimes,” in Truth, Silence and Violence in Emerging States: Histories of the Unspoken, edited by Aidan Russell, 169-187. Routledge: London, 2018.

“Ot XX s”ezda k ‘Arkhipelagu GULAG’: Poiavlenie al’ternativnogo istoricheskogo diskursa v Sovetskom dissidentskom dvizhenii (1956-1975).” In Istoricheskii sbornik Pamiat’: Materialy i Issledovaniia, edited by Barbara Martin and Anton Sveshnikov, 15–59. Moscow: Novoe literaturnoe obozrenie, 2017.

“History as Dissent. Independent Historians in the late Soviet era and in post-Soviet Russia: from “Pamiat’” to “Memorial”.”, in Ben Dorfman (ed), Dissent! Refracted, Peter Lang, Frankfurt-am-Main, 2016, 51-76.

“‘Inakopomniashchie’ shestidesiatniki. Poiavlenie al’ternativnoi pamiati o velikoi otechestvennoi voine v period ottepeli I zastoia”, Velikaia otechestvennaia voina v prostranstve sotsialoin pamaiti, Materialy mezhdunarodnoi nauchnoi konferentsii, posviashennoi 70-letiiu velikoi pobedy, Moscow, Moskovskii universitet putei soobshcheniia, 2015, 70-81.

Short Papers

“Zhores Medvedev. Lysenko vydvynulsia na repressiakh protiv genetikov. » With Gennadii Kuzovkin. Troitskii Variant, 04.12.2018.

“Arsenii Borisovich Roginskii (1946-2017)” (Obituary). With Kathleen Smith. Slavic Review, vol. 77 n°2 (Summer 2018), 573-574.

« Une révolution de trop : Comment le pouvoir russe tente de neutraliser le centenaire de 1917 », Papiers d’actuality / Current Affairs in Perspective, Fondation Pierre du Bois, N°8, October 2017.

« Dénonciation russe du nationalisme ukrainien comme “fascisme” : aux origines d’une rhétorique de diabolisation (1917-2015) », Papiers d’actualité / Current Affairs in Perspective, Fondation Pierre du Bois, N° 3, March 2015.

« Au croisement des mémoires : la Russie face à un passé qui divise », Papiers d’actualité / Current Affairs in Perspective, Fondation Pierre du Bois (forthcoming)



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