Nina Khrushcheva

Professor at The New School and Senior Fellow of the World Policy Institute

Former Assistant Professor at the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University

Nina Khrushcheva, granddaughter of Nikita Krushchev, is Associate Professor in the Graduate Program of International Affairs at The New School. Her recent focus has been on the political legacy of Nikita Khrushchev after allegations that Leonid, Khrushchev’s oldest son, was executed by Stalin for his services to the Nazis in WWII, and was not a war hero. Her investigation into these allegations has formed the basis of her forthcoming book, The Lost Khrushchev: A Family Journey into the Gulag of the Russian Mind. The Lost Khrushchev is an exploration into her family’s history and the legacy of Nikita Khrushchev, 50 years after his ousting from the Kremlin. She addresses Russia’s infatuation with Stalin, Khrushchev’s political legacy, and what they means for Russian politics today.

Dr. Khrushcheva is the author of two books and numerous articles, and is also editor and contributor to Project Syndicate: Association of Newspapers Around the World. She frequently makes media appearances, including on "News Hour with Jim Lehrer", PBS's "World Focus" and CNN's "World View". Her articles have appeared in Newsweek, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Financial Times and other publications. She is a recipient of Great Immigrants: The Pride of America Award from Carnegie Corporation of New York.

She has previously served as Director of Communications & Special Projects at the EastWest Institute; Deputy Editor of the European Constitutional Review at New York University's School of Law; Researcher at the Princeton Institute for Advanced Study; Russian language instructor and interpreter at the Royal Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs, The Hague; and within the Soviet Union Diplomatic Corps Service Bureau.

She received a bachelor's degree from Moscow State University with a major in Russian in 1987 and a Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from Princeton University in 1998.