Paulina Bren is a professor at Vassar College in New York, where she teaches international studies, gender, and media. She is the author of a prizewinning book about soap operas and communism behind the Iron Curtain, and a coeditor of a collection on consumerism in the Eastern Bloc.

Books in order of publication:

Transnational Moments of Change: Europe 1945, 1968, 1989 – 2004

The Greengrocer and His TV – 2010

Communism Unwrapped: Consumption in Cold War Eastern Europe – 2012

The Barbizon: The Hotel That Set Women Free – 2021