Stephen Wheatcroft

I was at CREES as a PhD student from 1970 to 1980 I was a Research Assistant, Research Fellow , Senior Research Fellow working with Bob Davies, and briefly on a joint ARC project with the dream team of Davis and Lewin from 1974 to 1983. I was a lecturer at CREES for a year in 1984. Since then I have been an Honorary Fellow at CREES and I am still working with Bob Davies.

Photo of Stephen Wheatcroft as a stazhor at the Plekhanov Institute in 1973 while doing PhD at CREES

After CREES I was Lecturer, Senior Lecturer, Associate Professor and Professor in the History Department at Melbourne University, during which time I was for a while Director of their Centre for Russian and Eurasian Studies. I am now back in Europe as Professor in the School of Humanities and Social Sciences in the Nazarbayev University, in Astana, Kazakstan where I am trying to: correct my previous Eurocentric view of the Soviet Union; research the Kazakh famine; teach Soviet Economic history to students who can read all the primary materials in Russian.

Significant memories? I remember working with Bob, when we were launching the SIPS publications, the SIPS seminars, and the feeling that we were the centre of the world. I remember the many conferences, seminars and workshops that we had. I remember the Ashley building with triangular shaped rooms and the friendly common room.  At Cumberland Lodge I remember the Centre being rusticated for two years for flying the wrong flag.