William B. Husband

Professor William B. Husband taught at OSU for over three decades. Professor Husband received his Ph.D. from Princeton. His teaching focused on the History of Russia. His specialized courses included Soviet History through Film, Society in Modern Russia, Stalin and Stalinism, Sex in Soviet Russia, Science and Society in Modern Russia, Women in Russia, and Christianity in Russia. He was a visiting scholar at Moscow State University, the Russian State Humanities University, the former Leningrad State University, and the Institute of World History of the Russian Academy of Sciences. His research was supported by fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Fulbright-Hays Foundation, the International Research and Exchanges Board, the Cotsen Library, the Oregon Council for the Humanities, and the Summer Research Laboratory of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. A native of El Paso, Professor Husband published on a wide variety of subjects, including Soviet perceptions of American foreign policy during the Cold War, Russian/Soviet children’s literature, peasant folkways, church-state relations in the USSR, civil society in Siberia in the 19th century, Russian factory conditions and labor relations, and the effect of glasnost on new textbooks for Soviet high school students in the 1980s. Before his passing in 2020, he published on Stalinist environmental policy and post-Soviet pornography.

Books by Professor William B. Husband

"Godless Communists: Atheism in State and Society in Soviet Russia, 1917-1932 
(Northern Illinois University Press, 2000)

The Human Tradition in Modern Russia
(Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, 2000)

Revolution in the Factory: The Birth of the Soviet Textile Industry, 1917-1920
(Oxford University Press, 1990) 

James Blumenthal


A professor of Religion at Oregon State and renowned scholar of Buddhist philosophy, he was integral to the establishment of contemplative studies activities at OSU. As an educator, Jim’s goal was to introduce his students to other cultures and traditions, in hopes that open-mindedness would lead to a more peaceful world and more self-awareness. He taught courses in Indian and Tibetan intellectual history, as well as contemporary and historical Buddhist philosophy.  He brought Buddhism experts and luminaries into his classrooms, and his generosity of spirit made him an important and well-loved mentor to his students.