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Anne O'Donnell






Anne O'Donnell studies the cultural history of the Soviet state and economy, and the political history of Soviet material life. Her first project examines the transformation of state institutions during the revolutionary era (1916-1923) through the prism of important material objects—apartment buildings, office space, salaries, furniture, and "valuables"—and critical conceptual categories including value, corruption, and economic crime. She plans a second project on the history of poverty in "late socialism," focusing on the representation and policies surrounding poverty and the poor in the fields of sociology, urban design, visual culture, and welfare programs within the Soviet Union and abroad.

Anne graduated magna cum laude from Princeton University and earned a Master's degree in history from the University of California, Berkeley. She received her doctorate from Princeton's Department of History in 2014. Her research has been supported by the American Council of Learned Societies, the Social Science Research Council, and the US Department of Education. In Autumn 2015, she will become assistant professor of history at New York University.