Stephen Kotkin joined the Princeton faculty in 1989. He teaches undergraduate and graduate courses on modern authoritarian regimes, global history (1850-present) and Soviet-Eurasian history. His books include Uncivil Society: 1989 and the Implosion of the Communist Establishment, with a contribution by Jan Gross; Armageddon Averted: The Soviet Collapse 1970-2000; Magnetic Mountain: Stalinism as a Civilization; and Worlds Together, Worlds Apart: A History of the World, coauthored with others.
He directed Princeton's Russian and Eurasian Studies Program for thirteen years, and served as a member and then chairman of the Princeton University Press editorial board. He has written reviews and essays for The New Republic, Times Literary Supplement, The New Yorker, The Washington Post, Financial Times, and for a number of years was the regular book reviewer for the New York Times Sunday Business section. He serves as a consultant on emerging markets and global trends for the World Pension Forum, an association for institutional investors, and philanthropic institutions, such as George Soros' Open Society Foundations.
He received his Ph.D. from University of California-Berkeley.