David Brandenberger has written on Stalin-era propaganda, ideology and nationalism in journals like Russian Review, Kritika, Europe-Asia Studies, Jahrbuecher fuer Geschichte Osteuropas and Voprosy istorii. His first book, National Bolshevism: Stalinist Mass Culture and the Formation of Modern Russian National Identity, 1931-1956 (Harvard UP, 2002), focuses on the USSR's reliance on russocentric mobilizational propaganda and the effect that this pragmatic use of historical heroes, imagery and iconography had on national consciousness among Russian-speakers, both during the Stalin period and after.
His second book, an interdisciplinary edited volume entitled Epic Revisionism: Russian History and Literature as Stalinist Propaganda (University of Wisconsin Press, 2006), elaborates on many of these themes in its examination of the Stalin regime's co-option of canonical classics from Pushkin and Lermontov to Peter the Great and Ivan the Terrible.
Brandenberger is presently working on a second monograph, Propaganda State: Stalinist Ideology, Terror and Political Indoctrination, 1928-1939, which explores the USSR's failure to inculcate a sense of communist identity in interwar Soviet society--a failure that precipitated the mobilizational exigencies detailed in his other published work. He plans to spend his Fulbright-supported research time in former party and state archives in Moscow and St. Petersburg. He also plans to spend time in Briansk, working with a colleague on a jointly-authored article on Stalin-era subjectivity.
Brandenberger is assistant professor of history at the University of Richmond.