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Liaison librarian in the ULS Research and Educational Support Department, Oakland Campus


PhD, Political Science, University of Pittsburgh

MS, Library and Information Science, Drexel University

BA, Political Science, Mount Union College

Liaison Areas

Provides support to:  Classics, Geology and Environmental Science, and Sociology.

Also works with government information of the United Nations, Canada, the United States, and Pennsylvania, as well as with maps and GIS.

Selected Publications


Trotsky and the Problem of Soviet Bureaucracy. Leiden: Brill, 2014; Haymarket Books, 2015.

(With Dianne Feeley and Paul Le Blanc) Leon Trotsky and the Organizational Principles of the Revolutionary Party. Chicago: Haymarket Books, 2014.


"Trotsky's Analysis of Stalinism," Critique: A Journal of Socialist Theory 38, no. 4 (December 2010): 545-563.

"Damage to Palestinian Libraries & Archives during the Spring of 2002," Progressive Librarian 21 (Winter 2002): 49-67. 

"Organizations which Provide Aid to Palestinian Libraries," Progressive Librarian 21 (Winter 2002): 68-69.

"A Validation of Brief Tests of Collection Strength," Collection Management 25, no. 3 (2001): 23-37. 

Selected Presentations

"Librarians and Archivists with Palestine: Delegation Reportback," participant in panel discussion at Annual Conference of the American Library Association,San Francisco, CA, June 27, 2015.

"Trotsky, Bureaucracy, and Capitalist Restoration," Eleventh Historical Materialism Conference, London, November 9, 2014.

"Censorship vs. Freedom of Information," participant in panel discussion at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Indiana, PA, September 23, 2013.

“Trotsky’s Analysis of Stalinism.” Paper presented at a panel discussion of “Did Leninism Lead to Stalinism?”,  national conference of the American Association for the Advancement of Slavic Studies (AAASS), Boston, MA, November 2009.

(With Michael Ford), "Staff Training at the University of Pittsburgh: Content and Delivery." Spring 2009 meeting of Western Pennsylvania/West Virginia Chapter of the American College and Research Libraries (ACRL).

"International Responsibilities and Libraries," Training session for Progressive Library Skillshare, Pittsburgh, September 8. 2007. 

Liaison Librarian

Tom Twiss
207C Hillman Library
University of Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh, PA 15260