Department Chair and Professor of History
Ph.D., University of Chicago, 2001
Areas of specialization: Russian and Soviet; modern Europe; music
Kiril Tomoff joined the faculty at UCR in 2001 after completing with distinction his Ph.D. in Russian and Soviet History at the University of Chicago. He completed his undergraduate work summa cum laude at the University of Arizona in 1992. In 1998-99, he received a Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Abroad Fellowship, which enabled him to spend significant time in Moscow, doing archival research, listening to great music, and drinking the occasional shot of vodka. He has presented papers at regional, national, and international conferences in the United States, Norway, Hungary, Germany, and Australia. He returned to Moscow in 2004 as the Director of the Moscow Study Center of the University of California's Education Abroad Program, and in the summer of 2006 he co-organized a Festschrift conference in Melbourne, Australia, honoring the career thus far of his advisor Sheila Fitzpatrick. An active and serious amateur horn player, Tomoff has tried to combine his interests in music and Russian history. His articles and a review on Soviet musical life have been published in the U.S., U.K., Norway, and Germany, including in the journals The Russian Review, Kritika, Contemporary European History, Slavonica, and Russian History/Histoire Russe. His book Creative Union: The Professional Organization of Soviet Composers, 1939-1953 is published by Cornell University Press and was released in the spring of 2006. It provides the first ever in-depth analysis of the professional organization of Soviet composers during the Stalin period. He is currently working on a project examining the construction of a Soviet cultural sphere after World War II. Besides modern Russian history, his teaching interests include 20th-century Europe and the 20th-century world.