Dr. Mark Allinson, University of Bristol
Dr. Mark Allinson is a Senior Lecturer in German at the School of Modern Languages and the Undergraduate Dean of Arts at the University of Bristol, where he teaches on communist Europe in the twentieth century and various aspects of modern German and European history and politics. He studied German and French at the University of Salford, and his PhD on the establishment of communist rule in Thuringia after 1945 from the University College London appeared as Politics and Popular Opinion in East Germany 1945-68. He has published on various aspects of communist rule in the G.D.R., most recently "Thatchers Großbritannien und die deutsche Einheit" in Kalter Krieg und deutsche Einheit: Perspektiven der Nachbarn (Welt Trends, 2014).
Professor Csaba Békés, Research Chair, Centre for Social Sciences, Institute for Political Science, Hungarian Academy of Sciences; Founding Director, Cold War History Research Center, Budapest; Professor of History, Corvinus University of Budapest
Professor Csaba Békés is a Research Chair in the Center of Social Sciences, Institute of Political Science, Hungarian Academy of Science, Budapest and serves as Professor of History at Corvinus University of Budapest. He is a founding director of the Cold War History Research Center, Budapest and a recurring visiting professor at Columbia University, New York. He is a member of the editorial boards of the Journal of Cold War Studies and Cold War History. His main field of research is Cold War history, the history of East-West relations, Hungarian foreign policy after World War II, the history of the Soviet Bloc and the role of the East Central European states in the Cold War. He has widely published on these topics in Hungarian, English, and German; he is also a contributor of the three-volume The Cambridge History of the Cold War (2010). His latest book is Soviet Occupation of Romania, Hungary, and Austria 1944/45–1948/49 (Co-ed.), (Central European University Press, Budapest – New York, 2015).
Dr. Peter Bugge, Aarhus University
Peter Bugge is Associate Professor in Eastern European Studies at the School of Culture and Society, Aarhus University. He is both a historian and a translator, and a specialist in the political and cultural history of Czechoslovakia during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. His research interests include notions of Czech nationalism and self-perception in literature and language. He has widely published on these topics in Danish, German, English, and Czech, and was the recipient of The Stanley Z. Pech Prize in 2006. Dr. Bugge is also a member of the Scientific Council of the Institute for the Study of Totalitarian Regimes (Ú.S.T.R.).
Professor Melissa Feinberg, Rutgers University
Melissa Feinberg is Associate Professor of History at Rutgers University. She received her PhD from the University of Chicago and is currently working on a history of Eastern Europe from 1945 to 2007. Her most recent publication is Curtain of Lies: The Battle over Truth in Stalinist Eastern Europe (Oxford University Press, 2017).
Dr. Hope M. Harrison, The George Washington University
Dr. Hope M. Harrison is a Professor of History and International Affairs at the George Washington University in Washington, DC. She teaches on twentieth-century European history focusing on Germany and Russia. With a B.A. from Harvard University and a Ph.D. from Columbia University, Dr. Harrison is the author of the prize-winning book, Driving the Soviets up the Wall: Soviet-East German Relations, 1953-1961 (Princeton, 2003), and more recently of the book, After the Berlin Wall: Memory and the Making of the New Germany, 1989 to the Present (Cambridge, 2019). She has appeared on the BBC, CNN, C-SPAN, the History Channel, Spiegel-TV, ZDF, CCTV, and many other media outlets discussing the Berlin Wall and the Cold War.
Professor Matthew Jones, London School of Economics and Political Science
Professor Matthew Jones is a Professor of International History at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE). He has a DPhil from St Antony's College, Oxford, and before moving to the LSE taught history at Royal Holloway, University of London, and the University of Nottingham. He has published extensively on post-war British and U.S. foreign policy, Anglo-American relations, and aspects of nuclear history. His most recent publications are the first two volumes of The Official History of the UK Strategic Nuclear Deterrent (Routledge, 2017), covering the period between 1945 and 1970.
Professor Pawel Machcewicz, Polish Academy of Sciences
Professor Pawel Machcewicz is affiliated to the Department of Recent Political History at the Institute of Political Studies of the Polish Academy of Sciences in Warsaw. He graduated from Warsaw University, from which he also received his PhD. Professor Machcewicz has served as a Cold War International History Project Scholar at the Woodrow Wilson Center, and has acted as an adviser to the Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk before being appointed as Director for the Second World War Museum in Gdansk. He has published several books on Cold War history, including Rebellious Satellite: Poland 1956 and Poland's War against Radio Free Europe 1950-1989, both in the Cold War Series of the Stanford University and the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars.
Dr. Kristin Roth-Ey, University College London
Dr. Kristin Roth-Ey is Lecturer in Modern Russian History at the School of Slavonic and East European Studies, University College London. She received her PhD at Princeton University before serving as a Post Doctoral researcher at Columbia University and as an assistant professor at Queens College, CUNY. Her most recent publication is Moscow Prime Time: How the Soviet Union Built the Media Empire That Lost the Cultural Cold War (Cornell University Press, 2011).
Dr. Balázs Szalontai, Korea University, Sejong Campus
Balázs Szalontai is an Assistant Professor in History at Korea University. His main field of research is North Korea's political and diplomatic history, particularly in the context of its relations with China and the Soviet Union during the Cold War era and thereafter. He has also done archival research on the domestic and foreign policies of the Vietnamese, Laotian, Cambodian, Mongolian, and Albanian Communist regimes. Dr. Szalontai has written numerous articles and book chapters, and is the author of Kim Il Sung in the Khrushchev Era: Soviet-DPRK Relations and the Roots of North Korean Despotism, 1953-1964.
Dr. Stephen Twigge, The National Archives, UK
Dr. Stephen Twigge is Head of Modern Collections at The National Archives, UK. Dr. Twigge has previously worked for the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and as a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow at the Department of International Politics, University of Wales, Aberystwyth, and is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society. Dr. Twigge has published a number of books and articles on Cold War history including German Unification 1989-90; Berlin in the Cold War 1948-1990; British Intelligence: Secrets, Spies and Sources; Avoiding Armageddon; and Planning Armageddon.