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Alyssa A Rodriguez

Track: PhD, 2023
Advisor: Matthew Lenoe

Major Fields: Socialism and Soviet History
Minor Fields: History of Western Europe


European History

Research Interests

My research interests are centered in mentality and the study of the self in Soviet Russia. Looking specifically at the Brezhnev Era, I focus particularly on the ways in which Russians perceive their place in society, how their mentality evolved, aspects of individual agency, and methods of dissent. Currently, I am studying ideas pertaining to psychiatry, Soviet law in the late 1960's in reference to political trials, and samizdat writings, and seek to continue my research on the Brezhnev Era.


The Performance of the Soviet Self via the Legal System, 1968-1984


BA History, University of the Pacific, 2017
MA History. University of Rochester, 2018

Courses Offered (subject to change)

  • HIST 198:  Daily Life in Socialist Countries, Syllabus


  • Before coming to the University of Rochester I aattended undergrad at the University of the Pacific from 2013-2017
  • I hope to work as a pprofessor, also considering working in a museum
  • What I like best about Rochester is the nice people- very helpful. I like the snow and atmosphere. The library is amazing.