New author photos

I did a photoshoot with the amazing Elena Hmeleva in Paris earlier this month because I needed some updated professional author photos, and these are some of the results. I was quite uncomfortable at first, but she was a pro and got me to relax and enjoy myself. I especially love how Elena managed to evoke the spirit of Paris in so many of the images.



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A new book review of Taking Stock of Shock

Thanks very much to Gabor Scheiring for such a detailed and thoughtful review of my latest book with Mitchell A. Orenstein.

“Architects of socialism built the Berlin Wall, symbolizing political unfreedom. When it fell, new walls emerged. Architects of neoliberal capitalism have built walls made of precarity and inequality, limiting what Eastern Europeans could do with their newly gained freedom. Scholarly walls separating disciplines inhibit us from correctly gauging the post-socialist landscape. Ghodsee and Orenstein’s new book, ...

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Final cover and blurb for Red Valkyries

Forthcoming with Verso Books in July 2022

Through a series of lively and accessible biographical essays, Red Valkyries explores the history of socialist feminism century Eastern Europe. By examining the revolutionary careers of five prominent socialist women active in the 19th and 20th centuries-the aristocratic Bolshevik, Alexandra Kollontai; the radical pedagogue, Nadezhda Krupskaya; the polyamorous firebrand, Inessa Armand; the deadly sniper, Lyudmila Pavlichenko; and the partisan turned scientist turned global women's activist, Elena...

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Happy to be there for the Jolly Vintners American debut

So, I actually went to New York for an international trade show on Tuesday despite the surging number of COVID case from the Delta variant in the United States. One of my oldest Bulgarian friends was launching his wine for the U.S. market, hoping to find a U.S. distributor. It's funny how few Americans know where Bulgaria is or that it is even an independent country. 


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