Lynne Viola

Lynne Viola

Lynne Viola - Political and social 20th century Russian history

Field of Study: Humanities

The aim of the humanities in undergraduate education is to create critically thinking citizens capable of sustaining our democratic institutions.

Lynne Viola is a leading scholar of Soviet Union history, and she is recognized around the world as the premier archival researcher of the Stalinist era. With a research focus on mass repression in the 1930s, her publication of Stalin-era archival documents ensured their vital presence in the public domain.

Lynne Viola graduated from Barnard College (Columbia University), and earned her MA and PhD in history from Princeton University. She has been a Professor of History at the University of Toronto since 1988. In 2011, Lynne Viola was appointed University Professor and in 2014, she was inducted into the Royal Society of Canada. In 2018, she received the Canada Council for the Arts Molson Prize. She is the author or editor of 4 monographs, 5 anthologies and 14 volumes of archival documents, including The Unknown Gulag and Stalinist Perpetrators on Trial (Oxford University Press).

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