Urban Studies Program

Dr. William Chase




3511 Posvar Hall
(412) 648-7470


PhD, Boston College (1979)

Research Areas

Russian and Soviet History, Modern European History, Urban History, International Communist Movements


Murder Most Sacred, Murder Most Foul: A book-length manuscript in progress that uses the assassination of Leon Trotsky to examine the rise and nature of threat construction, scapegoating, conspiratorial world views, and political violence among communists inthe USSR, Spain, Mexico and the United States in 1935-40.

Courses Taught

Russian and Soviet History
Comparative Political Cultures 
Urban History

Selected Publications

Enemies within the Gates? The Comintern and the Stalinist Repression, 1934-39 (Yale, 2001)

Workers, Society, and the Soviet State: Labor and Life in Moscow, 1918-1929 (University of Illinois Press, 1987, 1990)

Rossiiskii Gosudarstvennyi Arkhiv Ekonomiki Putevoditel', tom. 1. with Jeffrey Burds, E.A. Tiurina, S.V. Pasolova, A.K. Sokolov (Moscow, 1994)

Other Activities

Faculty Honor Roll, College of Arts and Sciences, 2001

Chancellor's Distinguished Teaching Award, 1984

Contact Information

Mailing Address:

University of Pittsburgh
Department of History
3511 Posvar Hall
Pittsburgh, PA 15260