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Dr Dina Fainberg

Lecturer in Modern History

School of Arts and Social Sciences, Department of International Politics

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AG18B, College Building

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City, University of London
Northampton Square
United Kingdom



I am a Lecturer in Modern History and the Director of History BA Programme. My research explores the history of the Soviet Union and modern Russia, with a particular emphasis on the Cold War, late socialism, mass media, propaganda, and Russia's relationship with the West. My teaching covers a wide range of topics in modern Russian, European, and U.S. History.

My publications include articles in Cold War History, Journalism History and, Reconsidering Stagnation: Ideology and Exchange in the Brezhnev Era (2016, with Artemy M. Kalinovsky). My book, Cold War Correspondents: Soviet and American Reporters on the ideological Frontlines, 1945-1991 is forthcoming with Johns Hopkins University Press.

I was educated at Rutgers University and hold a PhD in Modern Russian and Modern U.S. History.


  1. PhD History, Rutgers University, United States
  2. BA (Hons), History, Tel Aviv University,, Israel


  1. Programme Director, BA History, City, University of London, Jan 2017 – present
  2. Lecturer in Modern History, City, University of London, Jan 2017 – present
  3. Assistant Professor, University of Amsterdam, Amsterdam, Sep 2013 – Dec 2016
  4. Minerva Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Bremen, Bremen, Jan – Dec 2013
  5. Postdoctoral Research Fellow, New York University, New York, Sep – Dec 2012
  6. Mellon Doctoral Fellow, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, Sep – Aug 2012
  7. Lecturer, Rutgers University, Newark, Sep – Dec 2010


Dutch; Flemish (can read), Hebrew (can peer review) and Russian (can peer review).


Geographic Areas

  • Americas - North
  • Europe
  • Russia



  1. Fainberg, D. and Kalinovsky, A.M. (2016). Reconsidering Stagnation in the Brezhnev Era Ideology and Exchange. Lexington Books. ISBN 978-1-4985-2994-5.

Chapters (5)

  1. Fainberg, D. and Kalinovsky, A.M. (2016). Introduction: Stagnation and its Discontents. Reconsidering Stagnation in the Brezhnev Era Ideology and Exchange Lexington Books. ISBN 978-1-4985-2994-5.
  2. Fainberg, D. (2013). To America in Search of a Socialist Soul: Soviet Foreign Correspondents in the U.S. In Mikhailov, N. and Hellbeck, J. (Eds.), Человек и личность в истории России конец XIX - XX век (pp. 369–385). ISBN 978-5-4469-0001-5.
  3. Fainberg, D. (2012). Ordinary Russians and Average Americans: How Cold War Foreign Correspondents Constructed ‘Regular People’ on the Other Side of the Iron Curtain. In Stolberg, E.M., (Ed.), The Soviet Union and the United States Rivals of the Twentieth Century (pp. 115–137). Frankfurt am Main: Peter Lang Pub Incorporated. ISBN 978-3-631-62510-1.
  4. Fainberg, D. (2010). The Heirs of the Future: Foreign Correspondents Meeting Youth on the Other Side of the Iron Curtain. Winter Kept Us Warm Cold War Interactions Reconsidered (pp. 126–136). ISBN 978-952-10-6564-4.
  5. Fainberg, D. (2007). Writing Moscow: Memoirs of American Journalists Who Covered the Soviet Union during the 1970s and the 1980s. Российско-американские отношения в прошлом и настоящем образы, мифы и реальность : материалы международной конференции, посвященной 200-летию установления дипломатических отношений между Россией и США, РГГУ (Москва), 21-22 ��евраля 2007 г (pp. 346–356). ISBN 978-5-7281-0974-7.

Journal articles (3)

  1. Fainberg, D. (2015). A Portrait of a Journalist as a Cold War Expert. Journalism history, 41(3), pp. 153–164.
  2. Fainberg, D. (2015). Unmasking the wolf in sheep's clothing: Soviet and American campaigns against the enemy's journalists, 1946-1953. Cold War History, 15(2), pp. 155–178. doi:10.1080/14682745.2014.978762.
  3. Fainberg, D. (2013). The Shadow of War: Russia and the USSR, 1941 to Present. JOURNAL OF CONTEMPORARY HISTORY, 48(1), pp. 221–222. doi:10.1177/0022009412461777i.

Other Activities

Events/conferences (2)

  1. Languages of Internationalism. (Conference) Birkbeck (2017).
    Paper: Pens instead of Projectiles: Peaceful Coexistence and the Transformation of Soviet International Reporting in the Cold War, 1953-1963
  2. Socialist Internationalism. (Workshop) Birkbeck, University of London (2017). Panel Member. Invited speaker.
    Author: Fainberg, Dina