Professor of History

                  Rowan University


                  (856) 256-4500, ext. 3989                                                                                                                       

                  Robinson Hall, 2nd floor



           bd14756_    EDUCATION

                        Ph.D. and M.A. in History, University of Pennsylvania

                        B.A.  Trinity College (Hartford, Conn.)


            bd14756_   COURSES AND TEACHING INTERESTS:

At Rowan, Professor Heinzen has taught courses in many aspects of Russian and modern European history, including Russia to 1914, Russia and the Soviet Union since 1914, History of the Cold War, Europe from 1914 to1945, Europe since 1945, Jewish Holocaust, Western Civilization, and Historical Methods.


In the spring of 2012, Dr. Heinzen is teaching the courses “Stalinism,” “Russia since 1914,” and “Senior Seminar”



Professor Heinzen has written about the political, social and cultural developments in the Soviet Union between 1917 and 1964.


He is particularly interested in the Stalin periods of Soviet history. Professor Heinzen’s current project concerns corruption, bribery, politics, and everyday life in the USSR under Stalin and Khrushchev, in the 1940s, 1950s and 1960s. Research on this project has been supported by:


The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH)

The National Council for Eurasian and East European Research (NCEEER)

The Archives of the Hoover Institution for War and Peace at Stanford University (National Fellowship)

The Open Society Archive of Central European University (Budapest)

The Kennan Institute of the Woodrow Wilson Center

Rowan University






Inventing a Soviet Countryside: State Power and the Transformation of Rural Russia.  University of

          Pittsburgh Press (2004).

Corruption among Officials and Anticorruption Drives in the USSR, 1945-64,” in Don K. Rowney and Eugene

Huskey, Russian Officialdom from Alexander III to Putin (McMillan, 2009; forthcoming).

“The Art of the Bribe: Corruption and Everyday Practice in the Late Stalinist USSR.” Slavic Review (Fall, 2007).

“A Campaign Spasm: Graft and the Limits of the ‘Campaign’ against Bribery after the Great Patriotic

War.” Chapter in Late Stalinist Russia: Society between Reconstruction and Development, edited

by Juliane Fürst (Routledge, 2006), 123-141.

“Informers and the State under Late Stalinism: Informant Networks and Crimes against ‘Socialist Property,’

1940-1953.” Kritika: Explorations in Russian History (Fall, 2007).

 “The Prisoner’s Dilemma: Corruption and Informants in the Gulag, Comparative

Economic Systems (June, 2005). Russian translation in Leonid Borodkin, Paul Gregory, and Oleg

Khlevniuk, eds., Ekonomika prinuditel’nogo truda (Rosspen Press, Moscow, 2005).

“Professional Identity and the Vision of the Modern Soviet Countryside: Local Agricultural Specialists at the End of the

             NEP,  in Cahiers du Monde Russe, vol. 39,   no. 1-2 (Winter, 1998).

 “‘Peasants from the Plow’ to ‘Professors from the Plow’: the Culture of the Russian People’s Commissariat of

            Agriculture, 1921-29,” in Journal of Peasant Studies,  vol. 25, no. 3 (January, 1998).

“‘Alien’ Personnel in the Soviet Revolutionary State: The People’s Commissariat of Agriculture under

Proletarian Dictatorship, 1918-1929,” in Slavic Review, vol. 56, no. 1 (Spring, 1997).


bd14756_   USEFUL LINKS

      Primary Sources in English for Soviet history               More Primary Sources for Soviet History

     Cold War International History Project                        Still More Primary Sources for Soviet History

      Russian history resources                                          Yet More Primary Sources

      H-net Russian history email discussion group

      The Face of Russia: Russian culture website

      Soviet History links