Clayton Black

  • Associate Professor of History

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Clayton Black


Office Hours

TBD, also available by appointment


  • B.A., Denison University, 1985
  • Ph.D., Indiana University, 1996

Research Interests

Russia in the 1920s. My first area of research has been factory labor and Communist party politics from 1923 to 1934, but in recent years I have moved into the study of popular culture, especially pulp literature and films that speak to fears of war, conspiracies, terrifying new weapons (gas, airplanes, death rays, etc.), and spies. In fact, however, I’m interested in the 1920s just about everywhere in the world.


  •  “Icon of the Revolution:  The Putilov Factory and the Dynamics of the Bolshevik Master Fiction,” in Michael S. Melancon and Donald J. Raleigh, eds., Russia’s Century of Revolutions:  Parties, People, Places; Studies Presented in Honor of Alexander Rabinowitch.  Bloomington, IN:  Slavica, 2012, 89-110.
  • “Answering for Bacchanalia: Management, Authority, and the Putilov Tractor Program, 1928-1930.” Carl Beck Papers in Russian and East European Studies, number 1508. Pittsburg: Center for Russian and East European Studies, 2002.
  • “Legitimacy, Succession, and the Concentration of Industry: Trotsky and the Crisis of 1923 Re-examined,” Russian History/Histoire Russe 27, No. 4 (Winter 2000): 397-416.
  • “Party Crisis and the Factory Shop Floor: Krasnyi Putilovets and the Leningrad Opposition, 1925-26,” Europe-Asia Studies 46, No. 1 (1994): 107-26


  • Russia, 860-1861
  • Russia, 1861-Present
  • Modern China (1800-Present)
  • Modern Japan (1800-Present)
  • Modern Germany (1848-Present)
  • The Holocaust and Twentieth-Century Genocide
  • Enemies, Terror, and Paranoia
  • World History from 1300