Geoffrey Roberts is an historian, biographer, and political commentator. A renowned specialist in Russian and Soviet foreign and military policy and an expert on Stalin and the Second World War, his books have been translated into Arabic, Chinese, Czech, Estonian, Greek, Finnish, French, German, Japanese, Korean, Persian, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Spanish, Swedish and Turkish.

His latest book is Stalin’s Library: A Dictator and His Books (Yale University Press 2022) – selected as a Book of the Year by The Australian, History Today, and India’s Open magazine.

He is Emeritus Professor of History at University College Cork and a Member of the Royal Irish Academy.

Career Highlights

  • Reviewer and op ed writer for The Irish Examiner and The Irish Times and contributor to Russian, Irish and British radio and TV programmes
  • Winner of the Society for Military History Distinguished Book Award for Stalin’s General: The Life of Georgy Zhukov
  • Fellowships at the Norwegian Nobel Peace Institute, the Central European University, the Helsinki Collegium for Advanced Study, and the Polish Institute of Advanced Studies
  • Fulbright Scholar, Harvard University



  • Grants from the Kennan Institute for Advanced Russian Studies, the Eisenhower Presidential Library, Princeton University, the Aleksanteri  Institute, the Open Society Archive, and the NYU Jordan Center for the Advanced Study of Russia
  • Fellow of the Royal Historical Society and a Member of the Royal Irish Academy
  • Author of the acclaimed Stalin’s Wars: From World War to Cold War, 1939-1953