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Jeff Sahadeo

Eastern European, Russian and Central Asian politics, societies and history; Empire, diaspora, and cross-cultural relations; Ethnicity and nationalism

Degrees:BA (Simon Fraser) MA (Carleton) PhD (Illinois at Urbana-Champaign)
Phone:613-520-2600 x 2996
Office:3305 RB


Jeff Sahadeo received his PhD from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, in 2000. He joined Carleton after three years teaching at the University of Tennessee-Knoxville. His teaching interests include diaspora, migration, and empire in Eastern Europe and Asia. He also works on issues of colonialism, nationality, frontiers, and borders in relations of power and the creation of identities and states. A specialist on the Caucasus and Central Asia, Dr. Sahadeo has conducted extensive work in several countries of the region.

Dr. Sahadeo’s current research focuses on the intersection between nature and society, movement and social change through a study of rivers in the Republic of Georgia. He is also researching post-conflict peacebuilding through pluralism in Eurasia.

Selected Publications

Voices from the Soviet Edge: Southern Migrants in Leningrad and Moscow (Cornell University Press, 2019) ) (Winner, Canadian Association of Slavists/ Taylor and Francis Book Prize in Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies, 2020)

“Introduction: Forum: Oral History and Memory in Soviet Central Asia” Kritika: Explorations in Russian and Eurasian History 20, no. 2 (2019): 227-36

“Springtime for Central Asia?  Belts and Roads, Partnerships and Risks Amid Global Realignment” In The New World Disorder: Challenges and Threats in an Uncertain World ed. J.L. Black, Michael Johns and Alanda D. Theriault (London: Rowman and Littlefield, 2019), 77-100.

“History, Memory and the Quest for Conflict Resolution in Southern Kyrgyzstan and the Ferghana Valley” In Interrogating Liberal Peace in Eurasia: Critical Perspectives on Peace and Conflict. Ed. Catherine Owen, Shairbek Juraev and Nicholas Megoran (London: Rowman and Littlefield, 2018), 25-54.

“Black Snouts Go Home! Migration and Race in Late Soviet Leningrad and Moscow” Journal of Modern History 88, no. 4 (2016): 797-826

Russian Colonial Society in Tashkent, 1865-1923 (Indiana University Press, 2007)
(Winner, Central Eurasian Studies Society Best Book in History and the Humanities, 2007-2008)

Everyday Life in Central Asia, Past and Present (coeditor, with Russell Zanca), (Indiana University Press, 2007)

Recent Talks

Book talk on Voices from the Soviet Edge hosted by Columbia University

Podcast hosted by Cornell University Press:
“We spoke to Jeff about his research on the Soviet Era migration of people from the Caucasus and Central Asia into Leningrad and Moscow, how the Soviet concept of the “friendship of peoples” worked and didn’t work, and the rewards and challenges Jeff faced basing his book on oral histories”

Podcast by Reimagining Soviet Georgia:
Soviet Georgian Migrants, Memory and Rivers with Jeff Sahadeo