Professor Mark Edele is a historian of the Soviet Union and its successor states, in particular Russia. He is the inaugural Hansen Chair in History at The University of Melbourne as well as an Australian Research Council Future Fellow. He was trained as a historian at the Universities of Erlangen, Tübingen, Moscow and Chicago. He is the author of Soviet Veterans of the Second World War (2008), Stalinist Society (2011), and Stalin’s Defectors (2017) as well as one of the editors of several collections of essays, most recently Shelter from the Holocaust: Rethinking Jewish Survival in the Soviet Union (with Atina Grossmann and Sheila Fitzpatrick, 2017). His essays have appeared in academic journals based in Germany, the United States, Korea, Japan, Russia, and Australia. He is currently working on three books: a short history of the Soviet Union, a historiography of Stalinism, and (with Martin Crotty and Neil Diamant) a global history of war veterans.