I am a PhD candidate in the Department of History at the University of California, Berkeley. My dissertation, “Violence Tamed: The Death Penalty in the Soviet Union, 1945-1991," explores the Soviet party-state’s embrace and use of the death penalty after World War II. Based on sources generated by Soviet courts, state bodies, and individual citizens, my project traces how state killing became decentralized, legitimized, and normalized in Soviet Russia during the second half of the twentieth century. When I'm not researching or writing my dissertation, I enjoy freelance writing, running and swimming outdoors, and brainstorming ideas for an article-length piece about my life as a first generation Russian-American. You can learn more about my work at www.yanaskorobogatov.com, and follow me on Twitter at @yanareads.