Ethan Pollock was raised in Ann Arbor, Michigan. After receiving a B.A. from Tufts University in 1991, he moved to Moscow, Russia, where he taught US history and was the associate producer of a documentary film on the Soviet atomic bomb project. He received his Ph.D. in Russian and Soviet history from UC Berkeley in 2000. His book, Stalin and the Soviet Science Wars, examines Soviet politics, science, and ideology during the last years of Joseph Stalin's life and the first years of the Cold War. His current project on the history of the Russian bathhouse is under contract with Oxford University Press. He has held post-doctoral fellowships in the history of recent science (George Washington University) and in Russian Studies (Columbia University). As an ACLS Burkhardt Fellow he spent the 2013-14 academic year at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences in Stanford, California. He joined the Department of History at Brown in 2006.