Francine Hirsch is an Associate Professor at Department of History of UW-Madison. She received her PhD and MA Degrees from University of Princeton and a BA Degree from Cornell University. Her specializations are Russian and Soviet history and her research and teaching interests include Russian and Soviet History, Modern European History, and Comparative Empires. She teaches many courses and seminars at the undergraduate and graduate levels, including “History of Soviet Russia,” “Soviet Union & World, 1917-1991” and an advanced seminar on “History of Idea of Human Rights.”
Her book on Empire of Nations: Ethnographic Knowledge and the Making of the Soviet Union was published by the Cornell University Press in 2005. Other publications include "Toward a Soviet Order of Things: The 1926 Census and the Making of the Soviet Union," in S. Szreter, H. Sholkamy, and A. Dharmalingam eds., Categories and Contexts. Anthropological and Historical Studies in Critical Demography (Oxford University Press, 2004) and “Getting to Know ‘The Peoples of the USSR’: Ethnographic Exhibits as Soviet Virtual Tourism, 1923-1934,” Slavic Review 62, No. 4 (Winter 2003): 683-709.