Elizabeth A. Wood

Professor of History


A.B. Harvard-Radcliffe College, 1980
Ph.D. University of Michigan, 1991

Elizabeth Wood is the author of two books, Performing Justice: Agitation Trials in Early Soviet Russia (Cornell University Press, 2005) and The Baba and the Comrade: Gender and Politics in Revolutionary Russia (Indiana University Press, 1997).  She received her Ph.D. from the University of Michigan in 1991 in the field of Soviet History. Her current work centers on the performance of power under Vladimir Putin in Russia today.

Within MIT, Professor Wood serves as co-director of the MISTI Russia Program, Coordinator of Russian Studies (minors, concentrations), and adviser to the Russian Language Program. She holds a secondary appointment in MIT's Global Studies and Languages Section.

She has served recently (2011-13) as the co-chair of the Graduate Consortium in Women’s Studies.

She is the faculty sponsor of a UROP on studies of Vladimir Putin’s rule in Russia.

Professor Wood also contributes occasionally to the Russian History blog.