Benjamin Zajicek joined the History Department in 2010. He was awarded a PhD from the University of Chicago for his dissertation, “Scientific Psychiatry in Stalin's Soviet Union: The Politics of Modern Medicine and the Struggle to Define ‘Pavlovian’ Psychiatry, 1939-1953.” His research focuses on the Soviet Union in the Stalin era, particularly the history of professions and the history of psychiatry. He is currently working on a book manuscript titled “Soviet Psychiatry under Stalin.”
Recent Lectures and Presentations
“Hysteria and the Red Army Soldier: Soviet Psychiatrists and the Debate over War Trauma during the Second World War,” American Historical Association (AHA), January 6, 2012.
“Defining the "Scientific" in Scientific Medicine: The Creation of the Soviet Academy of Medical Sciences, Pavlov’s Theory of Higher Nervous Activity, and the Case of Psychiatry, 1944-1948,” American Association for the Advancement of Slavic Studies (AAASS), November 13, 2009.