Professor History, University of Texas at Austin
Joan Neuberger is Professor of History at The University of Texas at Austin. She studied Russian Literature at Grinnell College (B.A. 1975) and Russian History at Stanford University (Ph.D. 1985). She was an exchange student in Leningrad in 1975 and 1979-1980 and has returned to Russia almost every summer since 1987.
Trained as a social and cultural historian of Imperial Russia, Neuberger studies modern Russian culture in social and political context, with a focus on the politics of the arts. A life-long love of movies and her discovery of Sergei Eisenstein’s archive in the 1990s shifted her main focus to cinema, visuality, data visualization, and visual evidence in history. She teaches courses on 19-20 century European and Russian/Soviet history, film history, and visual cultures, as well as public and digital history.
Neuberger’s publications include four books: Hooliganism: Crime and Culture in St Petersburg, 1900-1914 (1993), Ivan the Terrible: The Film Companion (2003); Europe and the Making of Modernity, 1815-1914 (with Robin Winks, 2005); and This Thing of Darkness: Eisenstein’s Ivan the Terrible in Stalin’s Russia (2019); and four co-edited anthologies: Imitations of Life: Melodrama in Russia (with Louise McReynolds, 2001); Picturing Russia: Explorations in Visual Culture (with Valerie Kivelson, 2008); Everyday Life in Russian History: Quotidian Studies in Honor of Daniel Kaiser (with Gary Marker, Marshall Poe, Susan Rupp, 2010); and The Flying Carpet: Studies on Eisenstein and Russian Cinema in Honor of Naum Kleiman (with Antonio Somaini, 2017). Works in progress include Picturing Russian Empire and Global Eisenstein: Immersion in Landscape, Art, and the World.
She has received fellowships from IREX, the Kennan Institute for Advanced Russian Studies, the National Council for Eurasian and East European Research, the American Council of Learned Societies, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the National Humanities Center.
As the Founding Editor of the award-winning public history website, Not Even Past, and co-founder of the podcast 15 Minute History, Neuberger has worked to make professional scholarship accessible to the public. In 2018, she received the American Historical Association’s Herbert Feis Award for Distinguished Contributions to Public History.
Neuberger has served as a member of the ASEEES Board of Directors, as ASEEES Program Chair, as ASEEES representative to the ACLS, and serves on the ASEEES Digital Humanities Board. She has served on the Kennan Institute Advisory Committee and the ACLS Humanities Program in Belarus, Russian, and Ukraine Selection Committee. She has been Director of UT Austin’s Center for Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies and has served on numerous departmental and university-wide committees. She is also the founder of Texans in Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies, and co-founder of the Eisenstein International Network.
Neuberger is committed to institutionalizing the pledges made in the Association’s recent statement, Condemning Systemic Racism and Police Brutality: to reflect on our history and work to undo systemic inequalities, to make ASEEES a space where scholars of color and contingent faculty feel welcome and empowered, and to protect our colleagues whose race or economic situation makes them vulnerable.