Nanci Adler: is division head of Holocaust and Genocide Studies at the NIOD Institute for War, Holocaust, and Genocide Studies in Amsterdam. She is author of, among others, Keeping Faith with the Party: Communist Believers Return from the Gulag, The Gulag Survivor: Beyond the Soviet System, and Victims of Soviet Terror: The Story of the Memorial Movement.

Golfo Alexopoulosis associate Professor of Russian/Soviet history at the University of South Florida.  She is the author of Stalin’s Outcasts: Aliens, Citizens, and the Soviet State, 1926-1936 and Human Raw Material: Health and Inhumanity in Stalin's Gulag (forthcoming).

Steven Barnes: is an associate professor at George Mason University. He published his first book in 2011 with the title: Death and Redemption: The Gulag and the Shaping of Soviet Society. In this book he argues that the Gulag system was not established to murder all the prisoners but to give them a last chance on re-education to be able to return to the Soviet society. Currently he is studying the life of the women in the Akmolinks camp, where the wives of ‘traitors’ were incarcerated during the Great Terror. He is currently completing The Wives’ Gulag: The Akmolinsk Camp for Wives of Traitors to the Motherland.

Karel Berkhoff: is Senior Researcher at the NIOD Institute for War, Holocaust, and Genocide Studies and gives lectures in Holocaust topics, and Society and Mass Murder at the University of Amsterdam. He has published the book Motherland in Danger: Soviet Propaganda during World War II in 2012. He has also authored Harvest of Despair: Life and Death in Ukraine Under Nazi Rule and is currently working on a monograph about the history and memory of Babi Yar.

Miriam Dobson: has published the book Khrushchev's Cold Summer: Gulag Returnees, Crime, and the Fate of Reform After Stalin. Since 2004 she works at the University of Sheffield. Her main interests are the history of the Soviet Union in general with a focus on Russia’s post-war social and cultural history. She is currently working on The Unorthodox: Baptists and Evangelical Christians in Soviet Russia, 1944-1991.

Alexander Etkind: has a PhD in Psychology from Bekhterev Institute, Leningrad, and another in Slavonic Literatures from the University of Helsinki. Before coming to Cambridge, he taught at the European University at St. Petersburg, with which he continues to collaborate. His research interests are internal colonization in the Russian Empire, comparative studies of cultural memory, and the dynamics of the protest movement in Russia. In 2010-2013, he is directing the European research project Memory at War: Cultural Dynamics in Poland, Russia, and Ukraine. He has authored, among others, Warped Mourning. Stories of the Undead in the Land of the Unburied.

Yoram Gorlizki: is a professor at the University of Manchester. Besides being a professor he works for the journal Government and Opposition and he was the Director of Undergraduate Studies at the School of Social Sciences from 2009-2012. Gorlizki focuses in his research mainly on the post-Stalin era and what role justice had in this time. He is also researching the roots of de-Stalinization within the emergence of the legal system in the Soviet Union after WWII up to the end of the Khrushchev-era. Among his publications is Cold Peace: Stalin and the Ruling Circle, 1945-1953 (OUP, 2004), which won the Alec Nove Prize.

Marc Jansen: Jansen’s fields of interest are, among other, state repression and terror under Lenin and Stalin, with special attention for the role of the judiciary and current political and social developments in Russia and other post-Soviet states. Between 1973-2011 he taught Russian and East European Studies at the University of Amsterdam, lately as part of the European Studies programme. He published books and articles on Russian and Soviet history and politics, and regularly appears in the media as a specialist on Russia and the former Soviet Union. Jansen has co-authored, among others, Stalin’s Loyal Executioner: People’s Commissar Nikolai Ezhov, 1895-1940, with Nikita Petrov.

Nikita Petrov: has published, together with Marc Jansen, the book Stalin’s Loyal Executioners: People's Commissar Nikolai Ezhov, 1895-1940 in 2002. Petrov is a historian in the field of the Soviet Secret Services and deputy head of the Human Rights Centre “Memorial”, and he has published the guide Who headed the State Security Agencies 1941-1954. It contains information about the structure and personnel who staffed the state security agencies of the USSR from February 1941 to March 1954.

Arseny Roginsky: a historian, is Chairman and co-founder of Memorial, Russia's leading human rights watchdog organisation. Roginsky, son of a Stalinist-era Gulag prisoner, was incarcerated in the Gulag in the first half of the 1980s. He directs several of Memorial's research initiatives.

Erik van Ree: is a professor at the University of Amsterdam where he teaches about Stalinism, philosophy of science and political history. In his research he mainly investigates the history of communism with a special interest in Josef Stalin. Van Ree has authored a number of books, including The Political Thought of Joseph Stalin: A Study in Twentieth-Century Revolutionary Patriotism. Van Ree’s latest publication is Marxism as Permanent Revolution (History of Political Thought, 2013).

Ellen Ruttenis professor in Literature at the University of Amsterdam. She is also doing research for the project Web Wars: Digital Diasporas and the Language of Memory. This research aims to uncover the different views on past wars in Eastern Europe and approaches this by investigating social and digital media. She is author of Unattainable Bride Russia and co-editor of Memory, Conflict and New Media: Web Wars in Post-Socialist States.

Andrey Sorokina historian, is Director of the Russian State Archive of Social and Political History (RGASPI), the former Central Party Archive of the Institute of Marxism-Leninism. Prior to his current appointment, he served as Director of ROSSPEN, a distinguished publishing house in Russia that has published, under his aegis, among others, a series on the history of Stalinism.

Nanci Adler
Golfo Alexopoulos
Steven Barnes
Karel Berkhoff
Miriam Dobson
Alexander Etkind
Yoram Gorlizki
Marc Jansen
Nikita Petrov
Arseny Roginksy
Erik van Ree
Ellen Rutten
Andrey Sorokin