University of Pittsburgh


William Chase

PhD, Boston College (1979)

University of Pittsburgh
Department of History
3534 Posvar Hall
Pittsburgh, PA 15260

Curriculum Vitae


Russian and Soviet History
Modern European History
Urban History
International Communist Movements


Russian and Soviet History
Comparative Political Cultures
Urban History

Selected Publications

Enemies within the Gates? The Comintern and the Stalinist Repression, 1934–39 (Yale, 2001)

Workers, Society and the Soviet State: Labor and Life in Moscow, 1918–1929 (University of Illinois Press, 1987, 1990)

Rossiiskii Gosudarstvennyi Arkhiv Ekonomiki Putevoditel', tom. 1. with Jeffrey Burds, E.A. Tiurina, S.V. Pasolova, A.K. Sokolov (Moscow, 1994)


Chancellor's Distinguished Teaching Award (1984)



Murder Most Sacred, Murder Most Foul: A book-length manuscript in progress that uses the assassination of Leon Trotsky to examine the rise and nature of threat construction, scapegoating, conspiratorial worldviews, and political violence among communists in the USSR, Spain, Mexico and the United States in 1935–40.