A native of Russia, Leonid Trofimov received his university degree from the Novosibirsk State University and his Ph.D. from the University of Illinois at Chicago in 2004.
Dr. Trofimov has taught in four countries -- Russia, Japan, the United States, and Canada. The topics and formats of his history courses have varied from core European and Russian history surveys and seminars to topical courses on the history of revolutions, world wars, and international relations. Dr. Trofimov also serves as an academic advisor to dozens of students who are pursuing Bentley University’s interdisciplinary Liberal Studies Major (Global Perspectives Concentration).
Dr. Trofimov's research interests include the role of the Soviet media in the onset of the Cold War and more broadly, the role of culture and media in international relations. He recently published an article examining the activities of Soviet reporters at the Nuremberg Trial of the Nazi leadership as well as a collection of documents on Russia in war and revolution (in collaboration with Dr. Jonathan Daly). He also contributed an article on the Russian revolution to the recently launched ABC-CLIO World History Database. He is currently working on a new Russian history reader, which will include recently de-classified documents from the Soviet archives.
Dr. Trofimov has provided consulting services to companies specializing in corporate relocation to the countries of the former USSR
Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies
Awards and Honors
Fellowship, Valente Center
2013, Summer Research Grant, Bentley University
2013, The Deans’ Fund for International Travel Award, Bentley University
2013, The Faculty Development Grant, Bentley University
2012, Summer Research Grant, Bentley University
2012, The Deans’ Fund for International Travel Award, Bentley University
2012, The Faculty Development Grant, Bentley University
2011, The Deans’ Fund for International Travel Award, Bentley University
2011, The Faculty Development Grant, Bentley University
2010, Adjunct Scholarly Research and Creative Work Award, Queen's University
2008, Adjunct Scholarly Research and Creative Work Award, Queen's University
2006, Adjunct Scholarly Research and Creative Work Award, Queen's University
2000, Deena Allen Memorial Award, University of Illinois at Chicago
1999, John Nuveen International Student Award, University of Illinois at Chicago
1995, University Fellowship, University of Illinois at Chicago
Trofimov, L. (2010). Soviet Reporters at the Nuremberg Trial: Agendas, Attitudes, and Encounters, 1945-46.” . Cahiers d’Histoire, 28 (Winter 2010), 45-70.
Trofimov, L, Daly, J. W.
(Ed.). (2009). Russia in War and Revolution, 1914-1922: A Documentary History. . Cambridge, MA: Hackett Publishers
Trofimov, L. (2010). Did Marxism Influence the Russian Revolution?. ABC-CLIO, World History: The Modern Era.
Trofimov, L. (2006). Translation of James Cracraft, “Revoliutsiia Petra: zdaniia, obrazy, slova” [original: James Cracraft, "Peter's Revolution: Buildings, Images, Words"]. Rossia-Rossica, OGI
Conference Proceedings and Presentations
""Mission Impossible? The First Postwar Soviet Propaganda Campaign, 1946""
Presented at the
University of Helsinki's
Russia and the World,
L. (2012). Problems and Challenges of Liberal Arts Education in North America. Presented at the
Novosibirsk State University's
Conference on Approaches to Liberal Arts Education and Research,
""Soviet Reporters at the Nuremberg Trial, 1945-46"."
Presented at the
University of Chicago's
Midwest Russian History Workshop,