Campus Directory: Christopher Burton

University of Lethbridge

Christopher Burton
History Department
Office: C864 (University Hall)
Phone: (403) 394-3948


BA (History), Memorial University; MA (Soviet and East European Studies), Carleton University; PhD (History), University of Chicago


History of Russia and the Soviet Union, Modern European History, Welfare States, Environmental History, History of Medicine

Alternate Languages


Office Hours

Wednesday 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM


Chris grew up in St. John's, Newfoundland, taking his B.A. in History at Memorial University. He also has an M.A. from Carleton University and a Ph.D. from the University of Chicago.


History 1000: Western Civilization
History 2150: The Politics of Europe, 1750-1914
History 2850/3850: Introduction to Environmental History
History 3152: Modern Germany
History 3202: Imperial Russia, 1694-1917
History 3203: The Soviet Union
History 3850: Twentieth Century European Dictatorships
History 4010: Seminars in European History
History 4020: Seminars in Russian History
History 5850: Historiography and Historical Methods

Selected Publications

Editor, with Frances L. Bernstein and Dan Healey, Soviet Medicine: Culture, Practice, and Science. De Kalb: Northern Illinois University Press, 2010.

"Destalinization as Detoxification? The Expert Debate on Industrial Toxins Under Khrushchev," in Soviet Medicine: Culture, Practice, and Science (above), 237-257.

"The Labour Region in Late Stalinist Population Dynamics." Festschrift for Richard Hellie. Russian History 36, no. 1 (Winter 2009): 117-140.

"Zdravookhranenie v period pozdnego stalinisma i dukh poslevoennogo gosudarstva blagodenstviia, 1945-1953 gody" ["Public Health in the Period of Late Stalinism and the ghost of the Postwar Welfare State, 1945-53"], Zhurnal issledovaniia sotsial'noi politiki [Journal of Social Policy Research] 5, no. 4 (September 2007): 541-58.

Reprinted as "Vseokhvatnaia pomoshch' pri stalinizme? Sovetskoe zdravookhranenie i dukh gosudarstva blagodenstviia, 1945-1953," ["Universality Under Stalinism? Late Stalinist Healthcare and the Ghost of the Postwar Welfare State, 1945-53"], in Sovetskaia sotsial'naia politika: stseny i deistvuiushchie litsa, 1940-1985 [Soviet Social Policy: Scenes and Actors, 1940-1985], edited by Elena Iarskaia-Smirnova and Pavel Romanov. Moscow: Variant, Center for Social Policy and Gender Studies, 2008. 174-193.

"Soviet Medical Attestation and the Problem of Professionalisation Under Late Stalinism, 1945-53," Europe-Asia Studies (December 2005): 1211-29.

"Minzdrav, Soviet Doctors and the Policing of Reproduction During Late Stalinism, 1943-53," Russian History (Summer 2000): 197-221.

Research Interests

Soviet History, with specific research interests in post-war Stalinism, healthcare, the medical profession, and environmental health.

Current Research and Creative Activity

TitleLocationGrant InformationPrincipal InvestigatorCo Researchers
"Ecocide Examined: the Communal Hygienists and the Paradox of Soviet Environmental Health, 1941-70." Research project: continuation of SSHRC Post-doctorate, University of Toronto Lethbridge, AB C. Burton, University of Lethbridge
"Stalinist Care: Doctors, Healthcare, and State Mobilization in the Soviet Union, 1945-53." Book manuscript: revision of PhD thesis Lethbridge, AB C. Burton, University of Lethbridge

Previous Research

TitleGrant AgencyCompletion Date
"Soviet State and Society During the Postwar Reconstruction, 1945-1953: Three Case Studies." Arts and Humanities Research Council (UK) and the University of Lethbridge 2005

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