Julie deGraffenried

Associate Professor of History and Undergraduate Program Director
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modern Russia, especially 20th century Soviet era; history of childhood and children’s history; visual culture; childhood and war

  • PhD, The University of Texas at Austin, 2009
Academic Interests and Research

My research focuses primarily on Soviet children’s history and history of childhood. The interdisciplinary nature and multi-faceted approaches available to historians of childhood are particularly fascinating to me. I am particularly interested in Soviet childhood and children’s culture during World War II. A new project explores the intersection of Soviet childhood/children and anti-religious/pro-atheism policies.

Selected Publications
  • Sacrificing Childhood: Children and the Soviet State in the Great Patriotic War, (Modern War Series, University Press of Kansas, 2014) – winner of the 2015 Guittard Book Award for Historical Scholarship
  • “Learning More Than Letters: Alphabet Books in the Soviet Union and United States in World War II,” in War and Childhood in the Age of World Wars, eds. James Marten and Mischa Honeck (Cambridge University Press, forthcoming )
  • “Mobilizing the Young: War Work for Soviet Children” in Everyday War: Exploring the Soviet Home Front, 1941 – 1945, eds. Beate Fieseler and Roger Markwick (forthcoming)
  • “A New Normal: Death and Dying in a Soviet Children’s Magazine, 1941-1945,” in Global Perspectives on Death in Children’s Literature, eds. Lesley Clement and Leyli Jamali (Children’s Literature and Culture Series, Routledge, 2015: 115-129) – available as a stand-alone electronic chapter
  • “Рисуем детство в Великую отечественную войну: оформление обложки и детские журналы, 1941-1945 гг..” Конструируя детское: филогия,история, антропология. Под ред. М. Балиной, В. Безрогова, С. Г. Маслинской, К. А. Маслинского, М. В. Тендряковой, С. Шеридана (Москва-Санкт-Петербург: «Азимут», Нестор-История, 2011: 352-368)
Current Courses Taught at Baylor
  • HIS 1307 World History since 1500
  • HIS 3340 Russia to 1861
  • HIS 3342 Russia since 1861
  • HIS 4340 The Global History of Childhood
  • HIS 4379 The Cold War (team-taught with Americanist Stephen Sloan)