Lewis Siegelbaum

siegelbaum picI have been teaching Russian and European history at Michigan State University since 1983. I migrated from labor history to the history of consumption and material culture in the Soviet Union, and in the process shifted my attention from the Stalin era to the late Soviet period. I have written dozens of scholarly articles and book chapters and am co-author of the award-winning website Seventeen Moments in Soviet History (www.soviethistory.msu.edu), the most widely used online source for teaching and learning about Soviet history. 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 print journal based in Seoul, South Korea devoted to Russia and the former Eastern Bloc, now in its fourth year of publication and available via Project Muse in academic libraries.

For the past six years or so, my research and writing have focused on migration in Russian political space across the Imperial, Soviet, and post-Soviet periods. The fruit of my collective endeavor with Leslie Page Moch is Broad is My Native Land: Repertoires and Regimes of Migration in Russia’s Twentieth Century (Cornell University Press), which was published in November 2014.

I am no longer accepting graduate students because of my pending retirement in 2018.

Position: Professor
Jack & Margaret Sweet Professor

Field: 20th Century

Region: Europe & Russia

Office: 352 Old Horticulture

Office Hours: Tuesday and Thursday 1:00-2:00

Email: siegelba@msu.edu

Phone: (517) 884-4966

curriculum vitae: c.v. 2016

Website: www.soviethistory.org

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