Dr. Vera Kaplan’s research interests lie in the areas of cultural and social history and history of education in Russia. Dr. Kaplan has authored a number of chapters and articles on the history of Russian education as well as on educational policy and history teaching in contemporary Russia. She has co-edited two volumes entitled, The Teaching of History in Contemporary Russia: Trends and Perspectives (1999, with Pinchas Agmon and Liubov Ermolaeva) and Educational Reform in Post-Soviet Russia: Legacies and Prospects (2005, with Ben Eklof and Larry E. Holmes).
Dr. Kaplan recently completed a research project on voluntary associations in late imperial Russia. The project, supported by the Israel Science Foundation, focused on historical and educational societies, in particular on the Society of Zealots of Russian Historical Education, which was established in 1895 and remained active until 1918 (http://humanities.tau.ac.il/vera_kaplan_project/). She is currently preparing for publication a monograph presenting the results of this project. Her new research project, tentatively titled “Weathering the Revolution,” seeks to explore the life of the professional community of Russian historians across 1917. Her first article on the topic, “Weathering the Revolution: Patronage as a Strategy of Survival,” appeared in the Revolutionary Russia (Vol. 26, No. 2, 2013) and was included in the list of the ten most read articles of this journal.