Associate Professor, Associate Director of EURUS – Russian and Eurasian History, Contemporary Central Asia and the Caucasus
|Degrees:||Ph.D., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign|
|Phone:||613-520-2600 x 2996|
|Office:||3314 Richcraft Hall (former River Building)|
Research Interests Related to European, Russian, and Eurasian Studies
Russian, East European, and Eurasian history; Empire and imperialism in Russia and Central Asia; diaspora and migration; contemporary Central Asia and the Caucasus; nationalism and minorities; comparative colonialisms.
Current Research Projects
- The Impact of History and Memory on Ethnic Relations in Kyrgyzstan (in conjunction with the Global Centre for Pluralism)
- The Multinational Soviet City: Caucasus and Central Asian Migration to Leningrad and Moscow, 1945-1991 (funded by a SSHRC standard research grant)
Areas of Current Teaching
- EURR 5001 Interdisciplinary Seminar in European, Russian, and Eurasian Studies
- EURR 5200 Interdisciplinary Seminar in Russian and Eurasian Studies
- EURR 4203/5203 and HIST 4603/5603: Imperial and Soviet Russia
- PSCI 4503: Politics of Central Eurasia
- PSCI 4504: Politics of the Caucasus and the Caspian Basin
- EURR 5202: Nazism and Stalinism (co-taught course with James Casteel)
Selected Publications Relating to European, Russian, and Eurasian Studies
- Russian Colonial Society in Tashkent, 1865-1923 (Indiana University Press, 2007).
- Everyday Life in Central Asia, Past and Present (co-editor, with Russell Zanca), (Indiana University Press, 2007).
- “Black Snouts Go Home! Migration and Race in Late Soviet Leningrad and Moscow,” Journal of Modern History 88, no.4 (2016): 797-826.
- “We’re Exceptional Too!: Power, Peripheries and Imperial Connections. Julian Go’s Patterns of Empire Viewed from the Russian Borderlands” Comparative Studies of South Asia, Africa, and the Middle East 34, no. 3 (2014): 630-6.
- “Soviet Blacks and Place Making in Leningrad and Moscow” Slavic Review, 71, no. 2 (Summer 2012): 331-358.
- “The Accidental Traders: Marginalization and Opportunity from the Southern Republics to Late Soviet Moscow” Central Asian Survey 30, nos. 3-4 (2011): 521-540 (republished in Movement, Power and Place in Central Asia: Contested Trajectories (London: Routledge, 2012).
- “Visions of Empire: Russia’s Place in an Imperial World” Kritika: Explorations in Russian and Eurasian History 11, no. 2 (Spring 2010): 381-409.
- “Epidemic and Empire: Ethnicity, Class, and ‘Civilization’ in the 1892 Tashkent Cholera Riot” Slavic Review 64, no. 1 (Spring 2005): 117-139.
- “Empire of Memories: Conquest and Civilization in Imperial Russian Tashkent” Canadian Slavonic Papers XLVI no. 1-2 (March-June 2004): 395-417.
SELECTED CHAPTERS IN EDITED BOOKS
- “Russia and Central Asia: Does the Tail Wag the Dog?” In Russia after 2012: From Putin to Medvedev to Putin. Continuity, Change, or Revolution, ed. J. Larry Black and Michael Johns (Routledge, 2013), 167-183.
- “Regional Histories, Critical Thought, and the University of Central Asia: Between Global and Local, North and South” Globalization on the Margins: Education and Postsocialist Reform in Central Asia ed. Iveta Silova (Information Age Publishing, 2011), 95-116.
- “Without the Past There is No Future: Archives, Authority, and History in Uzbekistan” in Archive Stories: Facts, Fictions, and the Writing of History ed. Antoinette Burton (Duke University Press, 2005), 44-67.
RECENT SCHOLARLY PRESENTATIONS
- “(Un)Welcome Guests: Caucasus Traders in Late Soviet Leningrad and Moscow” Caucasus Connections, Conference sponsored by the American Research Institute of the South Caucasus, Indiana University, 4 April 2014
- “Central Asian Migration to the RSFSR: Opportunities, Challenges, Legacies” Bogazici University, Istanbul, Turkey, January 2014
- “Home and Away: Why the Asian Periphery Matters in Soviet History” Central Eurasian Studies Society Annual Convention, Madison WI, October 2013
- “Soviet Central Asian Traders in Leningrad and Moscow” All Souls College, Oxford University, December 2010
- “To Be Young Again: Age and Generation in Brezhnev Era Oral Histories” Association for Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies Annual Convention, Washington, DC, November 2011
Media Appearances on Crisis in Ukraine, 2013-4:
- The National, 22 April 2014
- CTV Powerplay 22 April 2014
- Globe and Mail article on Moldova and Ukraine, 20 March 2014
- EURUS Blog on Crisis on Ukraine, Entries March-April 2014
- Hays Advantage, Bloomberg News, 15 March 2014
- Cited in CBC News online, 3,4 March 2014
- Canada AM, 5 March 2014
- Lang and O’Leary Exchange, 4 March 2014
- CFRA Radio, 24 and 27 February, 4 and 25 March, 2 September 2014
- The Agenda, TVO, 24 February 2014
- Sun News Network, 12 December 2013 and 4 March 2014
- CTV Newsnet, 5 August and 1 September 2014