My primary interests are in Russian and Soviet popular culture and cultural history;
comparative studies in revolutions and commemoration; international law and legal
frameworks; cultural studies. My most recent project is Seventeen Moments in Soviet
History, a website featuring archival video, music and audio, and texts from Soviet
history. I am also the author of Bolshevik Festivals, 1917-1920 and two anthologies, Mass
Culture in Soviet Russia and Entertaining Tsarist Russia. 

My current interests lie in international law and human rights. In this capacity, I
represent asylum petitioners on a pro bono basis in the federal immigration court in
Bloomington, MN. 

EDUCATION: B.A., Tufts University; M.A., PhD Brown University; J.D., University of

Professor Von Geldern has been teaching at Macalester since 1988. 



Is the Caspian Sea a sea; and why does it matter? (with Hanna Zimnitskaya), Journal of Eurasian Studies (2011)


Soviet Cultural Practices and the West, Russian History (2011)


"An Online Sourcebook of Soviet History." (with L. Siegelbaum), AAASS Newsnet (online) (2005)


Contributions to Books

Memory as the Anchor of Sovereignty: Katyn and the Charge of Genocide, Rites of place : public commemoration in Russia and Eastern Europe (2013)


"Cultural Transformations, 1900-1945", Cambridge Encyclopedia of Russia and the Former Soviet Union (2006)


“Epic Revisionism and the Crafting of a Soviet Public”, Epic Revisionism: Russian History and Literature as Stalinist Propaganda (2005)


"Communists", The Encyclopedia of Civil Liberties in America (2004)


"The Centre and the Periphery: Cultural and Social Geography in the Mass Culture of the 1930's", The Structure of Soviet History: Essays and Documents (2002)


Seventeen Moments In Soviet History (with L. Siegelbaum) (2003)