About

I am a historian of Soviet and post-Soviet Russia and earned my doctorate at Michigan State University in May 2019. Currently, I am the Associate Director for Research and Publications for H-Net. Given my background in the academy and journalism, I am excited to work at H-Net and help develop the world of open-source, scholarly communication and knowledge sharing.

After earning my degree, I pursued opportunities both inside and outside the academy. I did a tour of Michigan, teaching as contingent faculty at Grand Valley State University, Kalamazoo College, and the Residential College in the Arts and Humanities at Michigan State University. I enjoy teaching a broad array of courses, including the history of Russia, the Soviet Union, modern Europe, socialism, and migration.

Outside the academy, I worked as a freelance researcher creating content for tours run by a company in Ann Arbor. I also worked as the Special Sections Editor for the Historical Society of Michigan’s magazines, where I helped freelance authors tell Michigan’s unique and diverse history in popular, high-quality magazines. I continued my foray into journalism as a reporter and later as as the Managing Editor for East Lansing Info. In that role, I reported on a variety of topics, ranging from East Lansing Public Schools, Covid-19, and community disparities. I valued my work at East Lansing Info because we not only delivered the news but also engaged residents who sought help and a place to be heard.

In my personal life, I enjoy travel, baking, crafting, and bike riding among other things.

Education

PhD, Department of History, Michigan State University, 2019

Dissertation: Migrants and Muscovites: The Boundaries of Belonging in Moscow, 1971-2002

BA, History (summa cum laude), State University of New York at Binghamton, 2012

Honors Thesis: Cosmonauts and Astronauts as Ambassadors of Their Nations

Publications

Peer Reviewed

“Soviet Socialist Stars and Neoliberal Losers: Young Labour Migrants in Moscow, 1971-1991.” Journal of Migration History 3, no. 2 (2017): 274-299.

Conference Proceedings

“An Olympic Undertaking: Temporary Labor Migration to Moscow and the 1980 Summer Olympics.” In Konstruiruia “Sovetskaia”? Politicheskoe Soznanie, povsednevnye praktiki, novye identichnosti: Materialy, odinatsatoi mezhdunarodnoi konferentsii studentov i aspirantov 20-21 aprelia 2018 goda, Sankt-Peterburg. St. Petersburg: Izdatel’stvo Evropeiskogo Universiteta v Sankt Peterburge, 2018. 157-163.

Invited Reviews

Review of Higher Education in Post-Communist States: Comparative and Sociological Perspectives by A. Salem, Gary Hazeldine, and David Morgan, eds. Stuttgart: Ibidem-Verlag, 2018.

Blog Posts

    Projects

    Moscow: The Corner of Communism and Capitalism. 2018. https://ellio252.github.io/Moscow_Migration/

    Upcoming Talks and Conferences

    “Migrant Workers, Industrial Reform, and Bureaucracy: Maintaining the Command Economy in the Postwar Soviet Union and its Satellites,” 54th Annual Convention of the Association for Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies, Chicago, IL

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