William B. Husband



302F Milam Hall
Corvallis, OR 97331
Phone: (541) 737-1263
Fax: (541) 737-1257
Email: whusband@oregonstate.edu


A specialist in Soviet history, William B. Husband teaches a wide variety of courses. In addition to a two-term survey of Russia from 862 to the present, he periodically offers Soviet History through Film, Society in Modern Russia, Stalin and Stalinism, Sex in Soviet Russia ,Science and Society in Modern Russia, Women in Russia, and Christianity in Russia.



Bill Husband with Nikolai N. Bolkhovitinov

Professor Husband received his Ph.D. from Princeton, and he has been a visiting scholar at Moscow State University, the Russian State Humanities University, the former Leningrad State University, and the Institute of World History of the Russian Academy of Sciences. His research has been supported by fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Fulbright-Hays Foundation, the International Research and Exchanges Board, the Cotsen Library, the Oregon Council for the Humanities, and the Summer Research Laboratory of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. A native of El Paso, Professor Husband has published on a wide variety of subjects, including Soviet perceptions of American foreign policy during the Cold War, Russian/Soviet children’s literature, peasant folkways, church-state relations in the USSR, civil society in Siberia in the 19th century, Russian factory conditions and labor relations, and the effect of glasnost on new textbooks for Soviet high school students in the 1980s. His most recent articles focus on Stalinist environmental policy and post-Soviet pornography.

(pictured above) Professor Husband with Nikolai N. Bolkhovitinov


"Godless Communists:
Atheism in State and Society
in Soviet Russia, 1917-1932

(Northern Illinois University Press, 2000)
Godless Communists
The Human Tradition in Modern Russia The Human Tradition in Modern Russia (Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, 2000)
Revolution in the Factory:
The Birth of the Soviet Textile Industry, 1917-1920

(Oxford University Press, 1990)
 Revolution in the Factory

Selected Publications

  • “Spanking Natasha: Post-Soviet Pornography and the Internet,” Sexuality & Culture (June 2014).”
  • “Happy Birthday, Siberia!: Russia's 'Colony' and Public Opinion, 1881-1882” in The Human Tradition in Imperial Russia (2009).
  • “'Correcting Nature’s Mistakes': Transforming the Environment and Soviet Children’s Literature, 1928-1941,” Environmental History (April 2006).
  • “Mythical Communities and the New Soviet Woman: Bolshevik Antireligious Chastushki, 1917-1932,” Russian Review (January 2004).
  • “Soviet Atheism and Russian Orthodox Strategies of Resistance, 1917-1932,” Journal of Modern History (March 1998).
  •  “The Russian Experiment in Communism: The New Economic Policy (NEP), 1921-1928,” in Gregory L. Freeze, ed., Russia: A History (1997).