Russia and Eurasia
Russian and Eurasian history is a dynamic and growing field within the history department at the University of Maryland. We regularly offer courses in Russian history, culture and civilization, with particular attention to Russia in its multi-ethnic, multi-confessional context. Geographically, faculty expertise extends across the former Soviet space—from the Baltics and Eastern Europe to Russia and to Central Asia.
Prof. Mikhail Dolbilov regularly offers courses on imperial Russia, as well as courses on comparative European empires and ethnic violence. Prof. Sarah Cameron teaches courses on modern Russian and Soviet history, as well as courses on environmental history, the Soviet Union’s relationship with the world, and the history of Central Asia. We encourage students to collaborate with faculty working in neighboring fields, such as Prof. Piotr Kosicki, who offers courses on modern Central and Eastern Europe, among other offerings.
The study of Russian and Eurasian history at Maryland is also enriched by inter-disciplinary collaboration. Through the Maya Brin residency program, the Russian Department at the University brings a leading Russian artist or cultural figure to campus for a short-term stay each year. The University’s Roshan Institute for Persian Studies is one of the United States’ leading centers for the study of Persian language and culture. More broadly, the University’s location in the Washington, DC metro area offers an unparalleled array of resources for students in Russian and Eurasian history (detailed further in our “resources” tab).