My research focuses on forced and voluntary migrations to and from the peripheries in the late Russian Empire and the Soviet period, particularly Central Asia. Under the two regimes, people from all corners of the territories, from all nationalities and ethnicities were relocated across vast expanses to unfamiliar landscapes, sometimes temporarily, but too often, permanently. I am most interested in the cultural impacts on both relocated peoples and local communities.
Awards & Professional Activities:
- 2014 Howard Starret Memorial Award for the College of Arts and Letters, CSU – Los Angeles