Lyudmila Austin

Dissertation Committee: Dr. Lewis Siegelbaum (chair); Dr. Matthew Pauly; Dr. Aminda Smith; Dr. Sean Forner

Languages: Russian, Ukrainian

Region: Russia & Eurasia

Field: Modern Russia; Imperial Russia; Social Theory; Women, Gender, and Sexuality


I am a Ph.D. Candidate in the Department of History at Michigan State University. I received a B.A. in History with a Concentration in International Relations from Boston University and an M.A. in History from Eastern Michigan University.

My research and studies have been funded by a 2018-2019 Stephen F. Cohen- Robert C. Tucker Dissertation Research Fellowship through the Association of Slavic, East European and Eurasian Studies, fellowships through the Department of State Program for Research and Training on Eastern Europe and Eurasia, and Foreign Language and Area Studies fellowships.

My work focuses on the migration of Russian-speaking communities in the southern tier of the USSR since the late Soviet period. I am interested in the “group” as an analytical category- the relational processes of group-making and belonging, migration, nationalism, and education.