Faculty Bio

Paulina Bren

Adjunct Assistant Professor in International Studies

Paulina Bren received her B.A. in the College of Letters Program at Wesleyan University, after which she completed an M.A. in Russian and East European Studies at the University of Washington as a Jackson Fellow.  She went on to do her Ph.D. in Modern European History at New York University as a MacCracken Fellow and student of the late Tony Judt.  She has been the recipient of fellowships from the Fulbright-Hays Foundation, the Social Science Research Council, and the American Council of Learned Societies.  Following her Ph.D., she was a postdoctoral fellow at Emory University’s Center for Humanistic Inquiry before coming to Vassar College.  More recently, she spent a year in Budapest as a fellow at the Collegium Budapest Institute for Advanced Study. 

Her first book, The Greengrocer and His TV: The Culture of Communism after the 1968 Prague Spring (Cornell University Press, 2010), is out in paperback and on Kindle [http://www.amazon.com/Greengrocer-His-TV-Culture-Communism/dp/0801476429].  It was recently shortlisted for the 2011 Wayne S. Vucinich Prize, awarded annually for the most important contribution to Russian, Eurasian, and East European studies in any discipline of the humanities or social sciences.  Her second book, Communism Unwrapped: Consumption in Cold War Eastern Europe, co-edited with Mary Neuburger, will be published in paperback with Oxford University Press in 2012. 

She teaches a variety of courses on Europe in both the Department of History and the college’s interdisciplinary programs. 

For more information, please see her website: http://paulinabren.wordpress.com