David Engerman


Ottilie Springer Professor of History, Brandeis University

Center Associate

David C. Engerman is Otillie Springer Professor of History at Brandeis University, where he has taught since receiving his PhD from the University of California-Berkeley in 1998. His revised dissertation appeared as Modernization from the Other Shore: American Intellectuals and the Romance of Russian Development (Harvard, 2003). He also edited and introduced a new edition of The God That Failed (Columbia, 2001), and co-edited Staging Growth: Modernization, Development, and the Global Cold War (Massachusetts, 2003). Named the Stuart Bernath Lecturer by the Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations for 2006, his lecture, "American Knowledge and Global Power," then appeared in Diplomatic History; other articles have appeared in American Historical Review, Cahiers du Monde russe, Journal of Cold War Studies, Kritika, Modern Intellectual History, and the Cambridge History of the Cold War (Cambridge, 2009) and World War II (Cambridge, 2015). His second book, Know Your Enemy: The Rise and Fall of America s Russia Experts (Oxford, 2009), examined Russian/Soviet Studies in America since 1940. His book, The Price of Aid: The Economic Cold War in India will appear from Harvard University Press in March 2018. He is the recipient of grants and fellowships from ACLS, NCEEER, NEH, and the Guggenheim Foundation.

The Cold War in the Third World
Ideology and the Cold War
Soviet-American intellectual and diplomatic relations
history of the social sciences.
Current Project
Development Politics: The Economic Cold War in India
Foreign Language


, History
, University of California-Berkeley
Selected Publications

"Learning from the East: Soviet Experts and India in the Era of Competitive Coexistence,"  Comparative Studies in South Asia, Africa, and the Middle East 33, no. 2 (2013): 227 238.

"The Rise and Fall of Central Planning," in Cambridge History of World War II, ed. Adam Tooze and Michael Geyer, (Cambridge University Press, 2015).

"The Fall of Totalitarianism and the Rise of Zbigniew Brzezinski," in Zbig: The Strategy and Statecraft of Zbigniew Brzezinski, ed. Charles Gati (Johns Hopkins UP, 2013).

"Studying Our Nearest Oriental Neighbor: American Scholars and Late Imperial Russia," in The Russian Experience: Americans Encountering the Enigma, ed. Choi Chatterjee and Beth Holmgren, (New York: Routledge, 2012) 12 30.

"The Second World's Third World," Kritika 12, no. 1 (2011): 183 211.