Edward Cohn came to Grinnell in 2007 after completing a Ph.D. in Russian history at the University of Chicago. A 1999 graduate of Swarthmore College, he worked for a year as a journalist before entering graduate school and specializes in the social and political history of the Soviet Union in the decades after World War II.
Professor Cohn's publications include the article "Sex and the Married Communist: Family Troubles, Marital Infidelity, and Party Discipline in the Postwar USSR, 1945-1964," which was published in the July 2009 issue of The Russian Review. He is now working on two main research projects. First, he is revising his doctoral dissertation on expulsion and censure in the USSR's postwar Communist Party for publication as a monograph; this work examines the reconstruction of the party's system of internal discipline after the Great Terror and World War II, focusing on investigations of corruption, war-time collaboration with the Nazis, drunkenness, and sexual misconduct. Second, he is beginning a new project on the efforts of the KGB to fight political dissent in the Baltic states through the use of preemptive warnings between 1953 and 1991.
Professor Cohn is also a former chair of the Russian, Central, and Eastern European Studies concentration (RCEES). He travels frequently to Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union, and is always happy to work with students on independent research projects related to the region.