Margaret Peacock

Dr. Margaret Peacock

Associate Professor

mepeacock@ua.edu
Ph.D., University of Texas-Austin, 2009
MSIS, The University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, 1998

Research Interests

  • Russian and Soviet History
  • Cold War history
  • Middle Eastern History
  • The History of Childhood
  • Propaganda and Media Studies
  • The History of Soviet Science

Specialties

Courses Taught

  • Imperial Russian History
  • Soviet History
  • Survey of Modern Western Civilizations, 1648-present
  • Honors Modern Western Civilizations, 1648-present
  • The Cold War
  • Twentieth Century European History
  • The History of Soviet/East European Film
  • Undergraduate Methodology/Writing Seminar
  • Russian Intellectual History
  • The Global Cold War (graduate)
  • Soviet History (graduate)
  • Research Methods Proseminar (graduate)

Recent Publications

Monographs
Journal Articles and Essays
  • “U.S.-Soviet Relations from the Russian Revolution to 1989,” in Oxford Research Encyclopedia, ed. Jon Butler (New York: Oxford University Press, 2016).
  • “Cold War Consumption and the Marketing of Childhood in the Soviet Union and the United States, 1950-1060,” Journal of Historical Research in Marketing (Fall, 2015).
  • “The Perils of Building Cold War Consensus at the 1957 Moscow Festival of Youth and Students,” Cold War History 12 (August 2012): 515-35.
  • “Broadcasting Benevolence: Images of the Child in Soviet, American, and NLF Propaganda to Vietnam, 1965-1973,” The Journal of the History of Childhood and Youth 3 (Winter 2010): 15-38.
  • “Duck and Cover: Children’s Cold War Experiences in 1950s America,” in Perspectives in American Social History: The Cold War and McCarthy Eras, ed. Caroline Emmons (New York: ABC-Clio, 2009).
  • “Nauchnaia rabota: sem’ia i programma Fulbraita,” [“The Science of Work: Family and the Fulbright Program”], Poslednie Obnovleniia [Final Thoughts], Fall, 2005.

Awards and Honors

  • College of Arts and Sciences Leadership Board Fellow (2015-2018)
  • Research Grants Committee, University of Alabama (2015)
  • National Science Foundation Summer Travel Grant (2012)
  • Research Grants Committee, University of Alabama (2011)
  • Capstone International, University of Alabama (2010)
  • Continuing Education Grant, University of Texas (2007)
  • Gardner F. Marston Endowed History Fellow, University of Texas (2006)
  • Fulbright-Hays Scholar (2005)
  • Michael J. Hogan Fellow, Society of Historians of American Foreign Relations (2004)
  • Alice Jane Drysdal Sheffield Fellow in European History, University of Texas (2003)
  • Dora Bonham Dissertation Grant, University of Texas (2002)
  • Foreign Language Area Scholar, U.S. Department of State (2000-2003)

Presentations

  • “Rethinking the Battle Lines of the Cold War,” presenter at the Annual Conference of the Association for Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies, San Antonio, TX, November, 2014.
  • “Connecting Histories: Thinking Transnationally East and West,” presenter at the Annual Conference of the Association for Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies, Boston, MA, November, 2013.
  • “Cold War Happiness as Consumption, Cold War Consumption as Happiness,” presenter at the Annual Midwest Slavic Conference, The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH, April, 2013.
  • “Learning Lysenko in the Cold War Classroom,” presenter at the Annual Conference of the Association for Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies, New Orleans, LA, November, 2012.
  • “The Survival of Mendel in the Lysenkoist Classroom, 1934-1964,” presenter at the Second International Workshop on Lysenkoism, Vienna, Austria, June, 2012.
  • Cold War Kids,” presenter at The First Russian Children’s History Colloquium, L’ecole Normale Superieur, Paris, France, May, 2012.
  • “Propaganda and Protest at the 1957 Moscow World Festival of Youth and Students,” presented at the Annual Conference of the Association for Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies, Washington D.C., Nov, 2011.
  • “The Image of the Soviet Cold War Child,” presented at the Annual Conference of the Society for the History of Childhood and Youth, Columbia University, New York, NY, June, 2011.
  • “Cold War Gamesmanship and Popular Culture,” discussant at the University of Alabama Graduate Student History Conference on Power and Struggle, Tuscaloosa, AL, March, 2011.
  • “Stalinist Childhood: Cold War Perspectives,” presented at the Annual Conference of the Association for Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies, Los Angeles, CA, Nov, 2010.
  • “Coming of Age in War and Peace: Childhood, Youth and Gender in the Wartime Soviet Union,” discussant at the Annual Conference of the Association for Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies, Los Angeles, CA, Nov, 2010.
  • “Childhood and Education in the Post-Stalinist Soviet Empire. 1953-1968,” presented at the Sixth Galway Conference on Colonialism in Galway, Ireland in June, 2010.
  • “Childhood and the Struggles for Soviet Hegemony at the Sixth World Festival of Youth and Students, 1957,” presented at the Southern Conference on Slavic Studies in Gainesville, FL in March, 2010.
  • “Defenders of Freedom: Conflicting Visions of the Cold War Child in the Soviet Union and the United States,” presented at the American Association for the Advancement of Slavic Studies Conference in Boston, MA in November, 2009.
  • “Broadcasting Benevolence: Children in Propaganda to Vietnam,” The European History Workshop, The Department of History, The University of Alabama, Fall, 2009.
  • “Please Receive our Children: Foreign Children at Artek, 1957-1964,” presented at the American Association for the Advancement of Slavic Studies Conference in Philadelphia, PA in November, 2008.
  • “Broadcasting Benevolence: Soviet Foreign Broadcasting to the Post-Colonial World,” presented at the American Historical Association Conference in Washington, D.C. in January, 2008.
  • “The Politics of Innocence: Soviet Radio in Vietnam, 1957-1968,” presented at the American Association for the Advancement of Slavic Studies Conference in New Orleans, LA in November, 2007.
  • “The Stalinist Terror and the Question of Collective Guilt,” Guest lecturer at the Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies, University of Texas at Austin, November, 2007
  • “Cold War Dissent and the Soviet Thaw,” presented at the American Association for the Advancement of Slavic Studies Conference in Washington, D.C. in November, 2006.
  • “Poster Child for Freedom: Imagining the Child in American Cold War Broadcasts to the Post-Colonial World,” presented at the Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations Conference in Lawrence, Kansas in June, 2006.
  • “Pioneering the Cold War: The Use of Children in the Waging of the Cultural Cold War,” presented at the American Association for the Advancement of Slavic Studies Conference in Salt Lake City, UT in November, 2005.
  • Contested Innocence: Image and Sympathy in Lyndon Johnson’s Personal Correspondences,” presented at the Conference for the Center for Cold War Studies at UC – Santa Barbara in May, 2002.

Invited Lectures/Presentations/Documentaries

  • Invited Lecturer: “Propaganda and the Cold War,” visiting graduate seminar at The University of Texas-Austin (October, 2015) and Mississippi State University (November, 2015).
  • Book Presentations: on Innocent Weapons at Loyola University-New Orleans, The University of Alabama, The University of Texas-Austin, Mississippi State University.
  • Invited Lecturer: 8-week course on Soviet history for the Oscher Lifelong Learning Institute, Spring, 2015.
  • Presentation: “Ukraine in Crisis,” forum on the 2014 crisis in Ukraine, The University of Alabama, March, 2014.
  • Invited Speaker: “Cold War Kids,” The Carolina Seminar, The University of North Carolina, November, 2012.
  • Organizer: The First Russian Children’s History Colloquium, Paris, France, May, 2012.
  • Documentary: Interviewed by the Canadian Broadcasting Company for a documentary entitled, “Love, Hate, and Propaganda: The Cold War,” Toronto, CA, February, 2011. Airing date: November 17, 2011.
  • Lecture: “Deliverer, Demigod, or Dictator: Global Perspectives on Vladimir Putin and Post-Soviet Russia,” invited by the Oschner Lifetime Learning Institute, Tuscaloosa, AL, July, 2010.
  • Presentation: Presentation on the History of the Berlin Wall, Ferguson Theatre, The University of Alabama, November, 2009.
  • Presentation: Constructed Visual Exhibit on the Collapse of the Soviet Union, Gorgas Library, The University of Alabama, November, 2009.
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