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Dr. Sergei N. Khrushchev is the son of Nikita Khrushchev who was the Chairman of the Council of Ministers (Prime Minister) of the Soviet Union from 1957-1964. Dr. Sergei Khrushchev has his Soviet doctoral degree from the Ukrainian Academy of Science, a Ph.D. from the Moscow Technical University, and a master’s degree with distinction from the Moscow Electric Power Institute. From 1958-1968, he participated in the Soviet missile and space program, including work on cruise missiles for submarines, military and research spacecraft, moon vehicles, and the “Proton,” the world’s largest space booster. From 1958-1968, he was an engineer and then Deputy Section Head in charge of guidance systems for missile and space design. From 1968-1991, he served at the Control Computer Institute in Moscow, rising from section head to first deputy director in charge of research. In 1990, he was a Fellow at the Institute of Politics at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Since 1991, he has been affiliated with the Thomas J. Watson Jr. Institute for International Studies at Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island as a Senior Visiting Scholar (1991-1996) and a Senior Fellow (1996-2012). Since 1989, Dr. Khrushchev has lectured in the fields of Russian economic and political reforms, U.S.-Soviet relations from 1950-1964, the history of the Soviet space program, and Nikita Khrushchev’s economic, political, and security reforms.
As a Senior Fellow at the Watson Institute for International Studies, Dr. Khrushchev focused his research on the former Soviet Union’s transition from a centralized to a decentralized society, as well as its transformation from a central to a market economy and its international security during this transition. One of his points of interest is the creation of a criminal society in Russia, as a consequence of the mistakes in the early stages of market reformation. He is also interested in the history of the Cold War and the turning points in relations between the U.S. and the Soviet Union in the Khrushchev, Eisenhower, and Kennedy periods. Another focus of Dr. Khrushchev’s interests is the history of Soviet missiles and space development, in which he played an active role from 1958-1968.
He is the author of many books and articles, including: Khrushchev On Khrushchev: An Inside Account Of The Man and His Era, By His Son, Sergei Khrushchev (Little, Brown & Company 1990); Nikita Khrushchev and the Creation of A Superpower (Penn State University Press, 2001); Memoirs of Nikita Khrushchev: Volume 1: Commissar, 1918-1945 (Penn State University Press, 2004); Memoirs of Nikita Khrushchev: Volume 2: Reformer, 1945-1964 (Penn State University Press, 2006); Memoirs of Nikita Khrushchev: Volume 3: Statesman, 1953-1964 (Penn State University Press, 2007).