Professor Anna Geifman Retires

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May 17th, 2013


Professor Anna Geifman has retired after 23 years on the BU faculty.  Born in the Soviet Union, Anna Geifman emigrated to the United States as a child and, except for a stint as a Ph.D. student at Harvard, has spent her entire adult life at BU.  She took her B.A. in 1984, joined the faculty in 1990, and departs now for a research appointment at Bar-Ilan University in Israel.   A talented cook and formidable chess player, Anna raised two children as a single mother, both of whom emigrated to Israel (where he daughter now serves in the IDF).

Professor Geifman’s scholarship focuses on terrorism in revolutionary Russia and on the modern phenomenon of terrorism more broadly.  She is the author of numerous articles, the editor of several collections and the author of three books:  Thou Shalt Kill: Revolutionary Terrorism in Russia, 1894-1917,; Entangled in Terror: The Azef Affair and the Russian Revolution; and, Death Orders: The Vanguard of Modern Terrorism in Revolutionary Russia.  That most recent book brought together Geifman’s longstanding interest in psychological approaches to history, her expertise on revolutionary Russia, and her experiences living in contemporary Israel, developing a comparison between pre-revolutionary Russia and contemporary perpetrators of terrorism. Colleagues will remember Anna for the passion she brought to her teaching and scholarship