Department of History
Old Horticulture
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Michigan State University
East Lansing, MI 48824
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I have been teaching Russian and European history at Michigan State University for more than a quarter of a century. I migrated from labor history to the history of consumption and material culture in the Soviet Union with some digressions along the way, and in the process shifted my attention from the Stalin era to the late Soviet period. I am co-author of the award-winning website Seventeen Moments in Soviet History (, and my book, Cars for Comrades: The Life of the Soviet Automobile (Cornell, 2008), was awarded two prizes by the American Association for the Advancement of Slavic Studies. In 2011, I was appointed the Jack and Margaret Sweet Professor of History, a Russian edition of Cars for Comrades was published by ROSSPEN in Moscow and The Socialist Car: Automobility in the Eastern Bloc, a collection of 11 essays that I edited, was published by Cornell University Press.  I also became editor-in-chief of REGION, a new journal based in Seoul, South Korea devoted to Russia and the former Eastern Bloc.

For the past several years, I have been working on a macro-project with Leslie Page Moch on migration in Russian political space across the Imperial, Soviet, and post-Soviet periods.

I welcome graduate students interested in pursuing work on any aspect of migration, material culture, or the history of labor and technology in Russia and the USSR.

Lewis Siegelbaum

Position: Professor
Jack & Margaret Sweet Professor

Field: 20th Century

Region: Europe & Russia

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