Marsha Siefert

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MA, PhD, Communication, University of Pennsylvania
Ph.D. (Nostrification), Literature, University of Szeged
MA, Folklore, Indiana University
BS with Distinction, Music and Literature, Indiana University
Academic/Professional Experience and Achievements: 

Selected Fellowships and Awards

St. Antony's College, University of Oxford, Academic Visitor, January-June 2014

Short-Term Grant, Kennan Institute, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, Washington DC, October 2013.

Research Fellow, Graduate School for East and Southeast European Studies, University of Regensburg,  25 June-30 July 2013; April, 2014 to present.

Grant Partner, “Visegrad Cinemas,” Visegrad Foundation, 2011.

Mellon Fellowship, Harry Ransom Center, 2008

Visiting Research Fellow, Rothermere American Institute, Oxford University, January–May 2007

Mobility Grants from CEU-SEP to lecture at the Department of History, the National University of "Kyiv-Mohyla Academy," Kyiv, September—October 2007, at the Faculty of Philosophy, Department of the History and Theory of Culture, and the Institute of Ethnography, University of Sofia  “Kliment Ohridsky,” May 2001; at the Department of Foreign Languages, Buryat State University, Ulan-Ude, and the Moscow State University Sociology Department, Moscow, April 2001; and at the Journalism Department at West University in Timisoara and Mass Communication Department at the University of Bucharest, Romania, January 1997

National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Seminar, 2000

Senior Associate Member, St. Antony’s College, Oxford University, Hilary term, 2000

Bridgebuilder's Award, Muhlenberg College, for excellence in teaching students with learning disabilities, 1995

Association of American Publishers Award for the "Most Outstanding Single Issue" of a Journal, “Mass Culture and Perestroika in the Soviet Union," 1991

Selected Professional Activities

Co-Editor, Historical Studies in Eastern Europe and Eurasia, CEU Press

Co-Editor, Longman Communication Books in International communication, Longman Publishers, (23 volumes published);

Co-Editor, Communications and Society Book Series, Oxford University Press, (15 volumes published)

Editorial Boards: Popular Music and Society; New Media and Society; International Communication Gazette; Handbook of New Media, Interstitio: East European Review of Historical Anthropology; Media and Religion (Moscow)

Editor, Journal of Communication, 1985-1991, Oxford University Press, Circulation: 7,500


Academic/research topics: 
Cold War culture
Cultural history
History of communications
film and music
Oral History and Biography

Courses taught by Marsha Siefert

Ph.D. TUTORIAL III 2012/2013
Biography and Oral History 2011/2012
Media, Communication and Communism in International Context
PhD Tutorial I.
PhD Tutorial II


Book Chapter
Siefert, M.. "“Soviet Cinematic Internationalism and Socialist Filmmaking, 1955-1972,”." In Socialist Internationalism in the Cold War: Exploring the Second World, edited by Patryk Babiracki and Austin Jersild, 161-193. London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2016.
Siefert, M.. "Meeting at a Far Meridian: American-Soviet Cultural Diplomacy on Film in the Early Cold War." In Cold War Crossings: International Travel and Exchange in the Soviet Bloc, 1940s-1960s , edited by Patryk Babiracki and Kenyon Zimmer, 166-209. College Station, TX: Texas A & M press, 2014.
Siefert, M.. "Co-Producing Cold War Culture: East-West Film-Making and Cultural Diplomacy." In Divided Dreamworlds? The Cultural Cold War East and West, edited by Peter Romijn, Giles Scott-Smith and Joes Segal, 73-94. Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press, 2012.
Siefert, M.. "East European Cold War Culture(s)? Commonalities, Alterities and Film Industries." In Cold War Cultures: Perspectives on Eastern and Western European Societies, edited by Thomas Lindenberger, Marcus Payk and Annette Vowinkle, 23-54. New York: Berghahn Books, 2012.
Siefert, M.. "“East European Cold War Culture(s)? Commonalities, Alterities and Film Industries"." In Cold War Cultures: Perspectives on Eastern and Western European Societies , edited by Thomas Lindenberger, Marcus Payk and Annette Vowinkle, 23-54. New York: Berghahn, 2012.
Siefert, M.. "'Chingis Khan with the Telegraph’: Communications in the Russian and Ottoman Empires." In Comparing Empires: Encounters and Transfers in the Long Nineteenth Century, edited by Jörn Leonhard and Ulrike von Hirschhausen, 80-110. Göttingen: Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, 2011.
Siefert, M.. "Russian lives, Soviet films: Tchaikovsky, the biopic and the cold war." In Leinwand zwischen Tauwetter und Frost : der osteuropäische Spiel- und Dokumentarfilm im Kalten Kri, 133-170. Berlin: Metropol, 2007.
Siefert, M.. "From cold war to wary peace: American culture in the Soviet Union and Russia." In The Americanization of Europe: Culture, Diplomacy, and Anti-Americanism After 1945, edited by A. Stephan, 185-217. Berghahn Books, 2007.
Siefert, M.. "Twentieth-century culture, 'Americanization,' and European audiovisual space." In Conflicted memories : Europeanizing contemporary histories, edited by K. H. Jarausch and T. Lindenberger, 164-193. Vol. 3. Studies in contemporary European history 3. New York: Berghahn Books, 2007.
Siefert, M.. "Allies on film : US-USSR filmmakers and the Battle of Russia." In Extending the borders of Russian history: essays in honor of Alfred J. Rieber, 373-400. Budapest: CEU Press, 2003.
Siefert, M.. "Re-mastering the past: musical heritage, sound recording and the nation in Hungary and Russia." In National heritage – national canon, edited by M. Szegedy-Maszák, 251-281. Vol. 11. Collegium Budapest workshop series 11. Budapest: Collegium Budapest, 2001.
Siefert, M.. "The audience at home : the early recording industry and the marketing of musical taste." In Audiencemaking : how the media create the audience, edited by J. S. Ettema and D. C. Whitney, 186-214. Thousand Oaks: Sage Publications, 1994.
Siefert, M.. ""A Second Draft of History,"." In Mass Culture and Perestroika in the Soviet Union, 8-12. New York: Oxford University Press, 1991.
Siefert, M.. "Opera." In International Encyclopedia of Communications , 217-222. Vol. 3. New York: Oxford University Press, 1988.
Book review
Siefert, M.. Film and Television Genres of the Late Soviet Era In Alexander Prokhorov and Elena Prokhorova, Film and Television Genres of the Late Soviet Era (London: Bloomsbury 2017). Vol. 11. Studies in Russian and Soviet Cinema 11, no. 2., 2017.
Siefert, M.. A History of Soviet Central Television In Christine Evans, Between Truth and Time: A History of Soviet Central Television (New Haven: Yale University Press 2016). Vol. 37. Historical Journal of Film, Radio and Television 37., 2017.
Siefert, M.. Frank Capra's Far Eastern Horizons In Elizabeth Ravitsch, Frank Capra’s Far Eastern Horizons: American Identity and the Cinema of International Relations (London: I. B. Tauris, 2015) . Vol. 35. Historical Journal of Film, Radio and Television 35, no. no. 3 ., 2015.
Siefert, M.. Popular Television in Eastern Europe During and Since Socialism In Imre, A., Havens, T., & Lustyik, K. (2013). Popular television in Eastern Europe during and since socialism. New York: Routledge.. Vol. 34. Historical Journal of Film, Radio and Television 34, no. 1., 2014.
Siefert, M.. Moscow Prime Time In Roth-Ey, K. (2011). Moscow prime time: How the Soviet Union built the media empire that lost the cultural Cold War. Ithaca: Cornell University Press. . Vol. 5. Studies in Russian and Soviet Cinema 5, no. 3., 2012.
Siefert, M.. The Post-Soviet Russian Media In Beumers, B., Hutchings, S. C., & Rulyova, N. (2009). The post-Soviet Russian media: Conflicting signals. London: Routledge. Vol. 106. Modern Language Review 106, no. 3., 2011.
Siefert, M.. Indian Films in Soviet Cinemas In Rajagopalan, S. (2008). Indian films in Soviet cinemas: The culture of movie-going after Stalin. Bloomington: Indiana Univ. Press. . Vol. 4. Studies in Russian and Soviet Cinema 4, no. 3., 2010.
Journal Article
Siefert, M.. "The Metropolitan Opera in the American century: opera singers, Europe, and cultural politics." The metropolitan opera in the American centuryJournal of Arts Management Law and Society 33, no. 4 (2004): 298-315.
Siefert, M.. "Radio diplomacy and the cold war." Journal of Communication 53, no. 2 (2003): 365-373.
Rieber, A. J., and M. Siefert. "Introduction." Science in context 8, no. 2 (1995): 281-292.
Journal Editor