Sean McDaniel

Office: 123 Old Horticulture

Office Hours for Fall 2018: Wednesdays 10-12 or by appointment.


I am a PhD Candidate in the Department of History at Michigan State University where I specialize in Russia, the Soviet Union, Modern Europe, and Migration Studies. My current research is on horses and horse culture in the Kazakh Steppe from the late Russian Imperial to the early Soviet period. My dissertation, which I plan to defend in 2019, is titled “Equine Empire: Horses and Power in the Steppe, 1880s-1920s” which is an analysis of the centrality of horses to the convergence of Russian and Soviet state power with both Slavic settler and indigenous Kazakh societies in the region.

I received my Bachelor’s Degree in Education from the University of Michigan (2006) and a Master’s Degree in History from Wayne State University (2010).

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