Katherine Zubovich


Dr. Katherine Zubovich.

Katherine Zubovich


Katherine Zubovich


Associate Professor
Department of History

Research Interests

Modern European History; History of Russia and the former Soviet Union; Urban History; Transnational History


  • PhD, University of California, Berkeley, 2016
  • MA, University of California, Berkeley, 2011
  • MA, University of Toronto, 2010
  • BA, University of Victoria, 2008

Current Research

I am a historian of the former Soviet Union. My first book Moscow Monumental: Soviet Skyscrapers and Urban Life in Stalin’s Capital looks at the history of skyscraper building in the Soviet capital during the Stalin era. The book was shortlisted for the 2021 Pushkin House Russian Book Prize and named one of Foreign Affairs’ Best Books of 2021. It also received an Honourable Mention for the 2021 Alexander Nove Prize in Russian, Soviet, and Post-Soviet Studies of the British Association for Slavonic and East European Studies. The Russian translation of Moscow Monumental was published in 2022 by Corpus. Currently, I am working on a new project about Soviet visual statistics and data visualization during the Stalin era. I am also completing a book titled Making Cities Socialist that will be published as part of the Cambridge Elements in Global Urban History series.

Selected Publications

Moscow Monumental: Soviet Skyscrapers and Urban Life in Stalin’s Capital (Princeton University Press, 2020)

“The Fall of the Zariad’e: Monumentalism and Displacement in Late Stalinist Moscow,” Kritika: Explorations in Russian and Eurasian History 21:1 (2020)

Awards and Fellowships

National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Stipend, 2022

James H. Billington Fellowship at the Kennan Institute, Wilson Center, D.C., 2021-22

Michael I. Gurevich Prize in Russian History, University of California, Berkeley, 2011

Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada Doctoral Fellowship, 2010-14