Hi. I’m Joan Neuberger. I taught Modern Russian History at The University of Texas at Austin between 1990-2022. You can see the courses I taught here. My research focuses on Russian culture, especially the politics of the arts. My most recent book is This Thing of Darkness: Eisenstein’s Ivan the Terrible in Stalin’s Russia on Sergei Eisenstein’s great, unfinished, masterpiece. Published by Cornell University Press in 2019, it won the American Historical Association’s George L. Mosse award. It was a finalist for the Pushkin Book Prize, the Kraszna-Krausz Moving Image Book Award, and the UT Austin Hamilton Book Award, and received Honorable Mention for the ASEEES Wayne S. Vucinich award. You can find my publications on Eisenstein (and everything else) here.


I’m also the Founding Editor of the public history website, Not Even Past , which I edited from 2010-2020. We post book reviews and articles about the history of peoples and regions all over the world. We want to make great history writing from UT Austin available and accessible to everyone, everywhere.


A spin-off of Not Even Past is our popular history podcast series called 15 Minute History.  You can find it here or you can subscribe to it on iTunes. We have more than 100,000 subscribers and over one million downloads.


You can learn more about me and my work here on the AHA Spotlight page or here on the UT History Department page.


Header Photo: Friendship of the Peoples fountain, VDNKh, Moscow. Architect: K.T. Toporidze (1954, Photo 2012)

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