Submitted by Holly R. Saltrelli

November 8, 2007
Contact: Emanuel Costache '09
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Caroline Jenkins Hanna
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AMHERST, Mass.—William Taubman, Bertrand Snell Professor of Political Science at Amherst College, has been elected president of the American Association for the Advancement of Slavic Studies (AAASS), a nonprofit, non-political scholarly society. Elected in 2007, Taubman will serve in 2008 as vice-president/president-elect of the AAASS and in 2009 as the association’s president.

Author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning Khrushchev: The Man and His Era (2003) and several other books on Russia and the former Soviet Union, Taubman has been a member of the Amherst faculty since 1967 and regularly teaches courses on Russian politics, national identity, personality and political leadership and various topics relating to the Cold War. In 2006 he was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship to support the research for a forthcoming biography of Mikhail S. Gorbachev.

Educated at Harvard and Columbia Universities, Taubman has served as an associate of the Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies at Harvard, chair of the Advisory Committee of the Cold War International History Project at the Wilson Center in Washington, D.C. and an International Affairs Fellow of the Council on Foreign Relations with the Department of State.

The AAASS is the world’s leading private organization for the study of former Soviet Union (including Eurasia) and Eastern and Central Europe. Sponsor of The Slavic Review, the association supports teaching, research and publication relating to the peoples and territories within these areas.

The association is a constituent society of the American Council of Learned Societies, and its representatives serve on such bodies as the U.S. State Department’s Advisory Committee for Studies of Eastern Europe and the Independent States of the former Soviet Union and the International Council for Central and East European Studies.