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Department ofHistory

Amy E. Randall

Amy Randall
Amy Randall

Ph. D, History, Princeton University
M.A., History, Princeton University
B.A. magna cum laude Russian and Soviet Studies, Wesleyan University


  • HIS 11A and 12A: Identity and the "Other" in the Making of the Modern World
  • HIST 102S: Genocide and Gender in the Twentieth Century
  • HIST 122: The Holocaust
  • HIST 133/ WGST 137: The History of Sexuality
  • HIST 134: Reformers & Revolutionaries in Tsarist Russia
  • HIST 136/ WGST 172: Gender and National Identity in 20th-Century Eastern and Western Europe
  • HIST 137: The Soviet Experiment




Editor, Genocide and Genocide in the Twentieth Century: A Comparative Survey, 2nd edition (Bloomsbury Publishers, 2021).

Editor, Genocide and Gender in the Twentieth Century: A Comparative Survey (Bloomsbury Publishing, 2015).

Genocide and Gender in the Twentieth Century brings together a collection of some of the finest genocide studies scholars in North America and Europe to examine gendered discourses, practices and experiences of ethnic cleansing and genocide in the 20th century. It includes essays focusing on the genocide in Rwanda, the Armenian genocide in the Ottoman Empire, the Holocaust and ethnic cleansing and genocide in the former Yugoslavia.

The book looks at how historically- and culturally-specific ideas about reproduction, biology, and ethnic, national, racial and religious identity contributed to the possibility for and the unfolding of genocidal sexual violence, including mass rape. The book also considers how these ideas, in conjunction with discourses of femininity and masculinity, and understandings of female and male identities, contributed to perpetrators' tools and strategies for ethnic cleansing and genocide, as well as victims' experiences of these processes. This is an ideal text for any student looking to further understand the crucial topic of gender in genocide studies.

***Book selected as an Outstanding Academic Title of the Year (2016) by Choice Magazine, a publication of the Association of College and Research Libraries.

“Every year in the January issue, in print and online, Choice publishes a list of Outstanding Academic Titles that were reviewed during the previous calendar year. This prestigious list reflects the best in scholarly titles reviewed by Choice and brings with it the extraordinary recognition of the academic library community. The list is quite selective: it contains approximately ten percent of some 6,000 works reviewed in Choice each year.”

Editor of "Soviet Masculinities," a special issue of Russian Studies in History: A Journal of Translations (Published M.S. Sharpe), 51:2 (Fall 2012).

The Soviet Dream World of Retail Trade and Consumption in the 1930s (Basingstoke, UK and New York: Palgrave Macmillan, October 2008).

Articles and Essays

“Introduction: Gender and Genocide Studies” in Genocide and Gender in the Twentieth Century: A Comparative Survey 2nd edition, ed. Amy E. Randall (Bloomsbury Academic Publishers, forthcoming).

“Imperialism, Race Thinking, Gender, and Genocide,” in Genocide and Gender in the Twentieth Century: A Comparative Survey, 2nd edition, ed. Amy E. Randall (Bloomsbury Academic Publishers, forthcoming).

Soviet and Russian Masculinities: Rethinking Soviet Fatherhood after Stalin and Renewing Virility in the Russian Nation under Putin,” Journal of Modern History 92:4 (2020): 859-898.

Gender and Sexuality,” in Daily Life in the Stalin Era, ed. Ed. Kees Boterbloem (Bloomsbury Academic Publishers, 2019): 139-166.

“Gender and the Emergence of the Soviet “Citizen-Consumer” in Comparative Perspective,” in Material Culture in Russia and the USSR: Things, Values, Identities, ed. Graham Roberts (Bloomsbury Academic Publishers, 2017), 135-153.

"Introduction" in Genocide and Gender in the Twentieth Century: A Comparative Perspective, ed. Amy E. Randall (Bloomsbury Publishers, 2015). Selected as one of Choice Magazine’s Outstanding Academic Titles of the Year, 2016. 

"Soviet Masculinities: Guest Editor's Introduction," Russian Studies in History 51:2 (Fall 2012): 3-12.

"'Abortion Will Deprive You of Happiness!': Soviet Reproductive Politics in the Post-Stalin Era," The Journal of Women's History 23:3 (2011): 13-38.

"The 'Right' to Control Her Own Body?: Soviet Women, Abortion and the State," and online essay for the Journal of Women's History for new web initiative, "Beyond the Printed Page," September 2011. 

“Repealing the Ban on Abortion,” an invited essay for Seventeen Moments in History, July 2010.

This academic website is an award-winning online collection of primary source materials and writings on Soviet history edited by James von Geldern and Lewis Siegelbaum. In addition to this essay, I translated two primary documents ("Repeal of the Ban on Abortion" and "For you, Comrade Men"), selected and abridged a relevant excerpt on abortion from All Quiet on the Don (a Soviet novel), and selected and translated three Soviet public health posters for the website.

"Legitimizing Soviet Trade: Gender and Feminization of the Retail Workforce in the Soviet 1930s," Journal of Social History 37:4 (Summer 2004): 965-990).

"Revolutionary Bolshevik Work' -- Stakhanovism in Retail Trade," The Russian Review 59:3 (July 2000): 425-441.

Genocide and Gender in the Twentieth Century, second edition

Journal of Women's History

In the News

February 2022

Amy E. Randall was quoted in an article about Putin's rationale for invading Ukraine.