Lucy Austin

russia 421

My research explores the migration of the Russian-speaking population from the Soviet republics to the Northern Caucasus since the late-Soviet period. I focus on the heterogeneous, complicated circumstances relevant to this migration, which included not only the fraught “return” of millions of ethnic Russians to their titular nation, but also the movement of other displaced people to Russia.

By focusing on the Northern Caucasus, I analyze how influxes of inter-ethnic migration, which also included the arrival of many ethnic Russians who showed more affinity to their Soviet rather than ethnic or local affiliations, have affected social dynamics in the region. I investigate not only how regional policies attempted to institutionalize responses to these in-migrants, but also how “groupness”— as a relational and contextual process—transformed at the local level as a result. More explicitly, I consider to what extent—and how—influxes of various migrants contested and contributed to a space that changed dramatically over time as a result of numerously interconnected Soviet structural issues.


Graduate Teaching Assistant Appointments:

IAH 203: Latin America and the World, Dynamics of Empire and Revolution. Dr. Edward Murphy; Fall 2015.

ISS 225: Power, Authority, and Exchange. Topic: “Empires: Past and Present.” Dr. John Dunn; Spring 2016.

HST 140: World History to 1400. Dr. Liam Brockey; Summer 2016.

ISS 325: War and Revolution. Topic: “Revolutions and the Modern World.” Dr. Sean Forner; Fall 2016.

IAH 202: Europe and the World. Topic: “Navigations and Encounters in an Age of Discovery.” Dr. Liam Brockey; Spring 2017.

Advisor: Dr. Lewis Siegelbaum

Language: Russian, Ukrainian

Education: BA, Boston University; MA, Eastern Michigan University


2017-2018 Center for the Advanced Study of International Development FLAS Fellow