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About James von Geldern

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 Minnesota.
Professor Von Geldern has been teaching at Macalester since 1988.


Present Professor, International Studies, Macalester College
Present Professor, Russian Studies, Macalester College


  • Mass Culture under Communism
  • Culture and Revolution
  • International Codes of Conduct
  • International Human Rights

Contact Information

Macalester College
Neill Hall, 209b
1600 Grand Avenue
St. Paul, MN 55105
(651) 696-6568


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Books (3)