Schechter, Brandon

Visiting Assistant Professor

Office Hours

Spring 2020: Mondays and Wednesdays 2-3pm



Ph.D. – University of California at Berkeley, 2015
M.A. – University of California at Berkeley, 2010
B.A. – Vassar College, 2005


Interests and Research

Soviet Union, Material Culture, Violence, Gender, Nationalities Policy, Second World War, First World War, Empire, Comparative History, Death

See full profile at NYU:



  • Stalinist Civilization



  • Editorial board, The Journal of Power Institutions of Post-Soviet Societies
  • Member, Association for Slavic, East European and Eurasian Studies


The Stuff of Soldiers: A History of the Red Army in World War II Through Objects. In production at Cornell University Press, expected release date October 29, 2019.

“Embodied Violence: A Red Army Soldier’s Journey as Told by Objects” in Leora Auslander and Tara Zahra, eds., Objects of War: The Material Culture of Conflict and Displacement. (Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press, 2018), 139-163.

Khoziaistvo and Khoziaeva: The Properties and Proprietors of the Red Army, 1941-1945,” Kritika: Explorations in Russian and Eurasian History, vol. 18, no. 3 (Summer 2017), 487–510.

“‘Girls’ and ‘Women’: Love, Sex, Duty and Sexual Harassment in the Ranks of the Red Army 1941-1945”, The Journal of Power Institutions in Post-Soviet Societies, 17 (2015), Available at

“The State’s Pot and the Soldier’s Spoon: Paëk (Rations) in the Red Army” in Wendy Goldman and Donald Filtzer, eds., Hunger and War: Food Provisioning in the Soviet Union during World War II (Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2015), 98-157.

“‘The People’s Instructions’: Indigenizing the Great Patriotic War Among ‘Non-Russians’,” Ab Imperio, 3 (2012), 109-133.

“'The Language of the Sword': Aleksandr Bek, The Writers Union and Baurdzhan Momysh-uly in Battle for the Memory of Volokolamskoe Shosse.” Berkeley Working Papers (University of Californian at Berkeley ISEEES, 2009). Available at