Naimark to direct Overseas Studies

Norman Naimark

Norman Naimark

Norman Naimark, an expert in modern East European and Russian history, will become director of the Overseas Studies Program on Sept. 1. He will succeed geophysics Professor Amos Nur, who has directed the program since 2000.

Naimark, 60, is the Robert and Florence McDonnell Professor of Eastern European Studies and a senior fellow at both the Hoover Institution and the Stanford Institute for International Studies, where he heads the European Forum. He is on sabbatical this year at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences, where he is working on a Mellon Foundation-sponsored seminar series on mass killing in the 20th century and a book on Soviet leader Joseph Stalin and Europe after World War II.

Naimark is author of several critically acclaimed books including The Russians in Germany: The History of the Soviet Zone of Occupation, 1945-1949 (Harvard, 1995) and Fires of Hatred: Ethnic Cleansing in 20th-Century Europe (Harvard, 2001). He is also author of Terrorists and Social Democrats: The Russian Revolutionary Movement Under Alexander III (Harvard, 1983) and The History of the "Proletariat": The Emergence of Marxism in the Kingdom of Poland, 1870-1887 (Columbia, 1979).

Naimark, a faculty member since 1988, earned his bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees from Stanford in 1966, 1968 and 1972, respectively. Naimark attended Stanford's overseas program in Beutelsbach, Germany, when he was a junior. In the spring of 1991, he directed Stanford's program in Krakow, Poland, and he taught in Moscow in 2000. "I've had a lot of experience with Overseas Studies and I'm very committed," he said. "It's a wonderful program."