History Professor Stephen Bittner will be spending the summer pursuing his research thanks to two extramural fellowships: one from the Kennan Institute for Advanced Russian Studies, and the other from the National Council for Eurasian and East European Research.
The first is a residential fellowship at the Kennan Institute in Washington, D.C. Bittner will be spending the month of May there, conducting research at the Library of Congress on the history of Russian and Soviet winemaking, which is part of his current book project, Whites and Reds: Wine in the Lands of Tsar and Commissar.
Recipients of this award are selected on the basis of potential contributions to the intellectual life of the Institute and the policymaking community, policy relevance, importance and originality of the project, as well as the applicant's scholarly promise and achievements.
The second fellowship comes from the National Council for Eurasian and East European Research (NCEEER), which funds post-doctoral field research in Eurasia and Central and Eastern Europe. Bittner will use the NCEEER fellowship to travel to Tbilisi, Georgia in June and July to consult tsarist-era materials on viticulture and wine at the Central State Archive of Georgia.
In addition to his current project, Bittner is the author of The Many Lives of Khrushchev's Thaw (Cornell, 2008), and the editor of Dmitrii Shepilov's memoir, The Kremlin's Scholar (Yale, 2007). His most recent work, A Negentropic Society? is forthcoming in the journal Kritika in spring 2013.