Ph.D., University of Chicago
Russian/Soviet and Eastern European History
Professor Stephen V. Bittner is a native of St. Joseph, Michigan, which is located on the southeastern shore of Lake Michigan. He received his B.A. from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor in 1993, along with a lifelong devotion to Michigan football and ice hockey. His Ph.D. is from the University of Chicago in 2000. Before coming to SSU in 2002, Bittner was a visiting professor at Lafayette College in Easton, Pennsylvania, and a fellow at the Kennan Institute for Advanced Russian Studies in Washington, D.C.
In addition to numerous articles and reviews, Bittner is the author of The Many Lives of Khrushchev’s Thaw (Cornell, 2008), and the editor of Dmitrii Shepilov’s memoir, The Kremlin’s Scholar (Yale, 2007). Bittner’s latest project, Whites and Reds: Wine in the Lands of Tsar and Commissar, is forthcoming from Oxford. Bittner has been the recipient of grants and fellowships from the Social Science Research Council, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the National Council for Eurasian and East European Research, and the International Research and Exchanges Board. He has appeared on MSNBC, BBC Radio 5, Al Jazeera, and Radio France Internationale.