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Personal Statement:

Greetings, comrades!

As a graduate student in the Department of History at UCSB, I study the cultural intersections, intellectual exchanges, and military rivalries that took place between the Russian Empire, the Ottoman Empire, and Iran in the XIX century Caucasus. More recently, my research examines the institutions of slavery and the slave trade in the Caucasus region in the same time period. My work will provide the first comprehensive account of slavery in the Caucasus under the Russian imperial control and put the findings of my research in conversation with historiography on slavery in the Ottoman Empire, Iran, and the broader Middle East.

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Selected Publications:

“Authenticity, Identity and Hegemony in the Context of Global Governance.” Perspectives on Global Development and Technology 13, no. 1-2 (2014): 281–295. 

co-author: Kali Yamboliev, “‘Unfortunately, Some Mistake Were Made’: Josef Stalin and Public History in Post-Independence Georgia” The Public Historian, (forthcoming May 2020).

“The Sale Deed of a Circassian Slave, 1864,” in Arab-Russian and Arab-Soviet Ties: A Sourcebook, ed. Eileen Kane, Masha Kirasirova, Margaret Litvin (forthcoming 2020).

Teaching Fields:

Russian Empire / Soviet Union / Modern Russia
Modern Europe
Modern Middle East


Courses Taught:

Instructor of Record / Lecturer:
Summer 2019 – History 135 B – History of the Russian Empire (1801-1917)

Graduate Teaching Assistant:
Summer 2017 – History 2C World History – 1700 – Present
Spring 2017 – History 4C – Western Civilization
Winter 2017 – History 8 Introduction to History of Latin America
Fall 2016 – History 46 Modern Middle EastSpring 2016 – Global Studues 1
Winter 2016 – History 2B World History 1000CE – 1700CE
Fall 2015 – History 88 History of South Asia
Spring 2015 – History 4C Western Civilization
Winter 2015 – History 2A World History – Prehistory to 1000 CE
Fall 2014 – History 2C World History – 1700 – Present
Spring 2014 – Black Studies 1 Introduction to African American Studies
Winter 2014 – Black Studies 6 The Civil Rights Movement
Spring 2013 – Global 120 Global Ideologies & World Order
Winter 2013 – Black Studies 4 Critical Introduction to Race & Racism
Fall 2012 – Global 120 Global Ideologies & World Order

Awards & Professional Activities:

1. UCSB Graduate Division Dissertation Writing Fellowship (2019-2020)
2. American Councils Title VIII – Research Scholar Fellowship (2018 – 2019)
3. Fulbright Fellowship (2018-2019) Finalist (Alternate)
4. Association for Slavic, East European,and Eurasian Studies – Dissertation Research Grant (2017)
5. Fulbright Fellowship (2017-2018) Semifinalist
6. UCSB Regent’s Dissertation Research Fellowship (2017 – 2018)