Kenneth Martin Pinnow

Associate Professor of History

Mailing Address
Box 116
Allegheny College
520 N. Main Street
Meadville, PA  16335
Phone:  814-332-4308
FAX:  814-332-2710
Office:  204, Arter Hall

Columbia University, New York, NY, May 1998 – Ph.D., Department of History
Duke University, Durham, NC, May 1987 – B. A., History and Russian

Current Research Interests

Medical Ethics and Human Experimentation in Russia and the USSR

Early Soviet Criminology: The Laboratories for the Study of Crime and the Criminal Personality


Review of David Brandenberger, Propaganda State in Crisis: Soviet Ideology, Indoctrination, and Terror under Stalin, 1927-1941 in The American Historical Review 118 (2013): 285-6.

Review of Donald Filtzer, The Hazards of Urban Life in Late Stalinist Russia: Health, Hygiene, and Living Standards, 1943–1953 in Slavic Review 71, no. 1 (Spring 2012): 193-4.

Review of Dan Healey, Bolshevik Sexual Forensics: Diagnosing Disorder in the Clinic and the Courtroom, 1917-1939, in Bulletin of the History of Medicine 85, no. 1 (Spring 2011): 157-9.

Lost to the Collective: Suicide and the Promise of Soviet Socialism, 1921-1929 (Cornell University Press, 2010).

“Violence against the Collective Self: Suicide and the Problem of Social Integration in Early Bolshevik Russia,” in Histories of Suicide: International Perspectives on Self-Destruction in the Modern World, ed. John Weaver and David Wright (University of Toronto Press, 2009), 201-30.

Review of Susan K. Morrissey, Suicide and the Body Politic in Imperial Russia, in Social History 33, no. 2 (2008): 214-6.

“Talking about Sex,” Metascience 16, no. 1 (April 2007): 97-100.

“Lives Out of Balance: The ‘Possible World’ of Soviet Suicide during the 1920s,” in Madness and Madmen in Russian Culture, ed. Angela Brintlinger and Ilya Vinitsky (University of Toronto Press, 2007), 130-149.

Review of Alla Ivanovna Chernykh, Stanovlenie rossii sovetskoi. 20-e gody v zerkale sotsiologii, In The Russian Review 63, no. 2 (April 2004): 341-2.

“Violence against the Collective Self and the Problem of Social Integration in Early Bolshevik Russia,” Kritika 4, no. 3 (Summer 2003): 653-77.

Review of Irina Paperno, Samoubiistvo kak kul’turnyi institut and Grigorii Chkhartishvili, Samoubiistvo i pisatel’, in Kritika 2, no. 4 (Fall 2001): 862-69.

“Cutting and Counting: Forensic Medicine as a Science of Society in Bolshevik Russia, 1920-29,” in Russian Modernity: Politics, Knowledge and Practices, 1800-1950, ed. David L. Hoffmann and Yanni Kotsonis (Macmillan Press Ltd., 2000), 115-37.

Review of Edward Acton, William G. Rosenberg and Vladimir Iu. Cherniaev, ed., Critical Companion to the Russian Revolution 1914-1921, in Nationalities Papers 27, no. 3 (1999): 539-41.

Selected Conferences and Papers

Understanding Crime and the Criminal: Interdisciplinarity in Early Soviet Science,” Faculty Lecture Series, Allegheny College, April 15, 2013.

“Soviet Criminals and Their Scientists: The Boundaries of Knowledge in the 1920s,” presented at the 42nd National Convention of the Association for Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies (ASEES), Los Angeles CA, November 19, 2010.

“New Research on Soviet Medicine and Public Health: Implications for our Understanding of Soviet History,” roundtable discussant at the 41st National Convention of the American Association for the Advancement of Slavic Studies (AAASS), Boston, MA, November 13, 2009.

“Moral Statistics and the Making of Soviet Suicide in the 1920s,” International Conference on the History of Suicide, McMaster University, August 18-19, 2006.

“Merging the Two Bodies: Soviet Forensic Medicine and the Questionnaire on Suicide in the 1920s,” working seminar on the history of Soviet medicine, University of Swansea, Wales, May 26-29, 2005.

“Bodies of Knowledge: Degeneration and Diagnosis in Early Soviet Suicide,” presented at the 35th National Convention of the AAASS, Toronto, Canada, November 22, 2003.

“Suicide and Social Diagnostics in Bolshevik Russia, 1921-1929,” lecture presented at the University of Pittsburgh’s Center for Russian and East European Studies, February 25, 2003.

“NEP Revisited: New Perspectives on Abiding Issues,” roundtable discussant at the 33rd National Convention of the AAASS, Washington, D.C., November 17, 2001.

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