Michael David-Fox




Faculty - SFS
General profile





Michael David-Fox is a historian of modern Russian and Soviet history. He has published widely on the political, cultural, and intellectual history of Russia and the Soviet Union. He has strong interests in transnational and comparative history and in the history of Russian-German relations, broadly conceived. David-Fox is now working on the history of Stalinism and the Nazi occupation of the USSR during World War II in one region, Smolensk.

David-Fox has been a Humboldt Fellow (Germany), a visiting professor at the Centre russe, EHESS (France), and holds the title of honorary professor at Samara State University (Russia). He has been a visiting scholar or fellow at the W. Averill Harriman Institute at Columbia University, the Swedish Collegium for Advanced Study in the Social Sciences, the Kennan Institute for Advanced Russian Studies, the Mershon Center for Studies in International Security and Public Policy, the National Academy of Education, the Davis Center for Historical Studies at Princeton University, the Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, and the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars.

David-Fox is a founding and executive editor of the journal Kritika: Explorations in Russian and Eurasian Studies, based at Georgetown. In 2010 he received the Distinguished Editor Award of the Council of Editors of Learned Journals.

David-Fox maintains scholarly interests in source criticism, historiography, and the history of Russian Studies. In his writing and his teaching, he delights in establishing and probing often unexpected connections: between culture and politics, institutions and mentalities, or domestic and international developments.


  • PhD (1993) Yale University, History
  • A.B. (1987) Princeton University, History and Russian Studies


  • French (speak, read)
  • German (speak, read)
  • Italian (read)
  • Russian (speak, read, write)