- Fulbright Award (2009)
Ben Eklof is a professor emeritus of history in the College of Arts and Sciences at IU Bloomington. He received his B.A. in History from Middlebury College in 1968, his M.A. from Princeton University in 1972, and his Ph.D. in History from Princeton University in 1977. Eklof joined IU's faculty in 1977 as an assistant professor of history. He was promoted to associate professor in 1984 and full professor in 2001 also serving as an adjunct professor of education and affiliate faculty of the Russian and East European Institute. Eklof served as the co-director of the Institute for the Study of Russian Education from 1989 to 1997 and took on the position of director in 1998. After 43 years of serving the Department of History, Eklof retired from IU in 2020 with the title of professor emeritus. Eklof's research interests have included modern (Imperial, Soviet post-Soviet) Russia; education politics and policy making in Russia; Russian daily life; Russian peasantry; and Russian revolutionary movement. Prior to joining IU's faculty, he served as a consultant to CBS News and a translator of Progress Publishers in Moscow from 1973 to 1975.
Eklof is a three-time recipient of Fulbright fellowships. He received a Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad Fellowship in 1972-1973, a Fulbright Faculty Fellowship in 1982-1983, and served as a Fulbright Scholar-Lecturer in Kazan, Tatarstan, Russia Federation in 2009-2010. Eklof also served as a Senior Fellow at the Kennan Institute for Advanced Russian Studies at the Woodrow Wilson Center from 1987 to 1988 and received fellowships from the International Research and Exchanges Board (IREX) over the course of his career. He was the editor of Khronika: Chronicle of Education in Russia and Eurasia and in 2010, received an IU Trustees' Teaching Award.