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Research interests

My research interests are quite diverse, but I mostly work on the history of XIX-XXth century Russian medicine and life sciences (particularly, genetics, evolutionary theory, ethology, physiology, and eugenics). My special interest is the history of international relations in science and medicine during the interwar and cold war periods. Currently I am working on a large project, exploring interactions among science, medicine, and literature in the fields of experimental surgery, inter-species hybridization, and telepathy in Russia (1890-1929).

Selected publications

  • With and Without Galton: Vasilii Florinskii and the Fate of Eugenics in Russia(Cambridge, UK: Open Book Publishers, 2018), 760 pp. [forthcoming in October 2018]
  • The Lysenko Controversy as a Global Phenomenon(New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2017), vol. 1: xiv+191 pp.; vol. 2: xi+243 pp., (with William deJong-Lambert, eds.).
  • “Conjoined twins: scientific cinema and Pavlovian physiology,” Endeavour, 2015, vol. 39, no. 3-4, pp.168-78.
  • Revolutionary Experiments: The Quest for Immortality in Bolshevik Science and Fiction(New York: Oxford University Press, 2014), 268 pp.
  • The Lysenko Controversy and the Cold War(special issue of the Journal of the History of Biology, 2012, vol. 45, no. 3); (with William deJong-Lambert, eds.).
  • A Martian Stranded on Earth: Alexander Bogdanov, Blood Transfusions, and Proletarian Science(Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2011), 192 pp.
  • “Marxism, Darwinism, and Genetics in Soviet Union,” in Denis Alexander and Ron Numbers, eds., Biology and Ideology: From Descartes to Dawkins(Chicago: Chicago University Press, 2010), pp. 215-46.
  • ”In the shadow of the bomb’: US-Soviet biomedical relations in the early Cold War, 1944-1948,’ Journal of Cold War Studies, 2007, vol. 9, no. 4, pp. 41-67.
  • International Science between the World Wars: The Case of Genetics(London: Rutledge, 2005), xvii+186 pp.
  • The Cure: A Story of Cancer and Politics from the Annals of the Cold War(Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2002), 277 pp.
  • Stalinist Science (Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 1997), xvii+371 pp.


Julia Croome, “Between two worlds: the criminally insane in the Canadian medico-legal debate, 1850-1900,” MA, November 2005.

Riiko Bedford, “‘Like Produces Like’: Popular Conceptions of Heredity in Canada, 1860-1900.” PhD, May 2017.

Elizabeth Koester, “Eugenics and Law in Ontario, 1900-1939.” PhD, September 2018.


Contact Information

  • Personal Title: Professor
  • Location: VC 317
  • Telephone number: +1 (416) 978–5020
  • E-mail address: n.krementsov@utoronto.ca