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Tracy McDonald, Ph.D. (Toronto)

Phone: 905-525-9140 ext. 24148
Office: Chester New Hall 627

Dr. McDonald is a specialist in Russian and Soviet History. Her areas of interest include social and cultural history, micro-history, film, agrarian studies, violence, and animal studies. McDonald co-edited (with Lynne Viola, Sergei Zhuravlev and Andrei Mel’nik) a volume of documents on collectivization entitled Riazanskaia derevnia v 1929-1930 gg.: khronika golovokruzheniia (The Riazan Countryside, 1929-1930: A Chronicle of Spinning Heads), Moscow, Rosspen, 1998. Her articles on peasant rebellion and on banditry in Riazan have appeared in the Journal of Social History and Canadian-American Slavic Studies as well as the edited volume, Contending with Stalinism: Soviet Power and Popular Resistance in the 1930s. She is the author of Face to the Village: The Riazan Countryside under Soviet Rule, 1921-1930 (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2011). In November 2012, her book received the ASEEES Reginald Zelnik Book Prize in History for outstanding monograph published on Russia, Eastern Europe or Eurasia in the field of history in 2011. Recent publications include a review article for the International Journal of Working Class History and an article on violence and collectivization in Europe-Asia Studies. She was one of the three founding members of the independent documentary-film company Chemodan Films. Between 2004 and 2009, she participated in the making of four films including Province of Lost Film, Uprising, and Photographer. The films have been screened at juried international film festivals. Trailers can be viewed at McDonald established her own independent film company, Plennik Film ( in 2014. She is working on two research projects: one inspired by the correspondence between Carl Hagenbeck of Tierpark Hamburg and William Temple Hornaday of the New York Zoological Park and the other a study of exotic animal import-export to and from the USSR from the 1920s to the 1960s. This research is funded by a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) Insight Grant. She co-edited with Daniel Vandersommers, Zoo Studies: A New Humanities (McGill-Queens University Press, 2019). McDonald is co-curating with Carol Podedworny an exhibit on Animals Across Discipline, Time, and Space at the McMaster Museum of Art from January to March 2020.