Research specialist in the history of the Russian revolutionary movement, Soviet trade unions, Soviet political struggle in the 1920s, and Stalinist repressions.

Teacher of Russian & Soviet history, European history, the Holocaust, World War II, global history, and oral history methods. My teaching methods include Reacting to the Past.

My publications include a political biography, two collections of documents I translated from Russian to English and edited, five chapters in edited collections, eight articles in peer-reviewed academic journals, seventeen other articles, and twenty-four book reviews. I have presented at thirty conferences and made a dozen invited presentations to audiences outside La Salle University. I have taught around twenty distinct courses at La Salle University online and face to face, using interactive methods as well as lecture.

I first traveled to the Soviet Union in 1988 and have spent about 2 1/2 years in Russia, Kazakstan, Ukraine, Uzbekistan, and Georgia on multiple trips. I carried out academic research in Moscow in 1990-91, 1995, and 2012; and in Kyiv in 2017. I am proficient in reading, writing, and speaking Russian and have some introductory knowledge of Spanish, French, and German.

I grew up in rural North Carolina and have lived in Indiana, Arizona, Virginia, and Pennsylvania, in addition to time spent abroad.


  • Ph.D. in Russian and Soviet History, 2001, Indiana University Bloomington.

  • M.A. in Russian and Soviet History, 1992, Indiana University Bloomington.

  • B.A. in Modern European History, 1989, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Other Publications

Blog Posts

  • Hello world! (Barbara C. Allen: Historian, Teacher, Translator, 2022-11-20)


Current projects

  • The Memoir-Histories of Bolshevik Alexander Shlyapnikov in Translation. Edited set of translations. Projected eight-volume set to be published in cloth by Brill and in paperback by Haymarket Books. Volume 1 under contract.

  • Forthcoming: “The Workers’ Opposition at the Tenth Party Congress.” Congress of Contradictions: New Perspectives on the 10th Party Congress. Edited by Clayton Black and Alexis Pogorelskin.

  • Chapter about Lenin and the Bolsheviks during the Civil War in a collection with contract pending.

  • The NKVD’s fabricated case against the Workers’ Opposition in Ukraine during the Great Terror.


  • American Association of University Professors (AAUP)

  • Association of Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies (ASEEES)

  • Association for Women in Slavic Studies (AWSS)

  • Southern Conference on Slavic Studies (SCSS)

  • Study Group on the Russian Revolution (SGRR)

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