Graduate Student Bios

Adam J. Stone is a PhD candidate studying transnational women’s transnational anti-nuclear and peace activism across the Cold War Eastern and Western blocs in the 1980s. His dissertation, “Women Citizen Activists and the End of the Cold War: Soviet Bloc and Western Transnational Connections, 1980-1989,” takes women’s activism as a primary lens of analysis to explore activists’ challenges to Cold War politics. It considers competing local, national, and international political constituencies to ask how and why women activists became pivotal actors in Cold War politics as they advocated for moving beyond the conflict among their countries. Utilizing archival research and oral history interviews, his dissertation reevaluates the ending of the Cold War and challenges traditional conceptions of the conflict. He graduated from the University of Michigan in 2017 with a bachelor's degree in History and German. Adam has coauthored (with Andrei S. Markovits and Kenneth Garner) "Chapter One: Instituting Jewish Life at the University of Michigan, From the Late 19th Century Until 1923" in Andrei S. Markovits and Kenneth Garner, The Boundaries of Pluralism: The World of the University of Michigan's Jewish Students from 1897 to 1945 (Ann Arbor: Maize Books, 2020). His work in graduate school has been supported by the University of Pittsburgh’s Summer Language Institute and the Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations (SHAFR).