Yana Skorobogatov

Yana Skorobogatov

Assistant Professor of History

Hollander Hall Rm 226

On Leave 2021-2022


B.A. University of California, Berkeley (2009)
M.A. University of Texas, Austin (2012)
Ph.D. University of California, Berkeley, History (2018)


Yana Skorobogatov is a historian of Russia and the Soviet Union. Her current book manuscript is a history of the death penalty and death penalty abolition in Russia and the Soviet Union, provisionally titled The Inferno: The Death Penalty and the End of the Soviet Imagination. Her second book project looks at the transition from communism to capitalism on the island of Sakhalin, along Russia’s Pacific coast. Her writing on Russia and the Soviet Union has been featured in The Drift, Hakai Magazine, TIME, and elsewhere.

Thesis Advised

Emma Larson ’21The Making of Mothers in the Motherland: Pravda and the Soviet Family Code of 1936

Jonathan Williams ’19Siberia as Stage: Russia Depicted in Allied Narratives of the Intervention in Siberia, 1918-1920