Photo of Christopher Stolarski
  • Visiting Assistant Professor of History


  • BA, University of Toronto, 2002
  • MA, Johns Hopkins University, 2008
  • PhD, Johns Hopkins University, 2013


Christopher Stolarski is a Visiting Assistant Professor of History at Oberlin College. He received his PhD and MA in Russian and Soviet History from Johns Hopkins University and his BA (Honours) in Philosophy from the University of Toronto. His research and teaching interests include press photography, print and visual culture, Soviet cinema, Stalinism, and the history of the Russian borderlands. His book manuscript, Posing the Public: Press Photography and Modern Identity in Russia, 1900-1931, examines how photographers and magazine editors transcribed the everyday experience of modernity into a new type of visual storytelling. Throughout the project, Stolarski explores the tension between the authority ascribed to photography as historical evidence and the various discourses that informed the practice of photo-reportage.

Dr. Stolarski’s work has appeared in Kritika: Explorations in Russian and Eurasian History and in a landmark edited collection, eds. Murray Frame et al., Russian Culture in War and Revolution, 1914-1922. He is also published in Slavonica, The Soviet and Post-Soviet Review, and Slavic & East European Journal. His work has been supported by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, the Doris G. Quinn Foundation, and the Frederick Jackson Turner Fund.