Kelsey Norris

Ph.D. Candidate


Russian and Soviet History, Modern European History, Transnational History

Brief Personal Statement:

I am a PhD candidate primarily focused on twentieth century Russian history.  I am currently conducting dissertation research on population displacement and the politics of family reunification in the Soviet Union during and in the aftermath of the Second World War.  I am investigating whether the Soviet Union engaged in the broader postwar European project to bolster the family in order to rebuild the nation.  My work also explores the degree to which the Stalinist suspicion of the nuclear family as a source of autonomous authority influenced the Soviet regime’s management of family reunification.  


B.A., History and Slavic Languages & Literature, University of Chicago
M.A., History, University of Pennsylvania

Research Interests

Russian and Soviet History, Family Politics, The International Cold War, History of the Welfare State