Nebraska Authors

Roy D. Laird

Born 1925-07-15 Blue Hill, NE (USA)

Died 2000-10-21
Lawrence, KS (USA)

Places Lived

Blue Hill, NE
Lawrence, KS

Author Of

  • Nonfiction


Slavic and Soviet Studies; Political Science


BA, 1947, Hastings College, Hastings, NE
MA, 1952, University of Nebraska, Lincoln, NE
Graduate study, 1952-1953, University of Glasgow, Glasgow, Scotland
PhD, 1956, University of Washington, Seattle, WA


United States Navy: 1944-1946
U.S. Government research analyst
Assistant, Associate and Professor of Political Science, University of Kansas: 1957-1990
Visiting Professor

Places Worked

Washington, D.C.
University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS
London School of Economics and Political Science
Oxford University
Warsaw University
University of Marburg
University of Munich
Yale University


Elizabeth Watkins Faculty Research fellowship, 1960
Rockefeller Foundation fellow, 1963-64
National Science Foundation grantee, 1966, 1967-68
National Defense Education Act-Fulbright Hays fellow, 1967
Chairman of Slavic/Soviet Area Center, 1967-68, 1969
National Aeronautics and Space Administration grantee, 1971-1972
Hesston Foundation grant, 1976-77


American Association for the Advancement of Slavic Studies
American Political Science Association
American Academy of Political and Social Sciences
American Association of University Professors
Midwest Political Science Association
Central Slavic Association
Midwest Association for the Advancement of Slavic Studies;


Collective Farming in Russia. 1958.
The Rise and Fall of the M.T.S. as an Instrument of Soviet Rule. 1960.
Soviet Agricultural and Peasant Affairs. 1963. (editor)
Soviet Agriculture: The Permanent Crisis. 1965. (Co-editor with Edward L.Crowley)
Government of the USSR. 1970.
Soviet Communism and Agrarian Revolution. 1970. (with Betty Laird)
The Soviet Paradigm: An Experiment in Creating a Monohierarchical Polity. 1970.
To Live Long Enough: The Memoirs of Naum Jasny, Scientific Analyst. 1976. (with B. Laird)
Soil of Our Souls. 1976. (author of introduction)
The Future of Agriculture in the Soviet Union and Eastern Europe 1977. (with B. Laird and Joseph Hajada)

Contributor to numerous publications and professional journals on the Soviet Union and Slavic studies.

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