Colby College, Waterville, USA


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ORCID iD: 0000-0001-9620-5403

Scopus Author ID: 6603699744

Web of Science ResearcherID: N-8265-2014

SPIN code: 4977-7885

PhD in Political science with specialization in history of science, full professor, professor at Colby College

Research interests:

history of science and technology in the 20th century; Soviet history; Russian history; American history; science, race and gender; transportation; energy; and agribusiness

Membership in scientific associations:

  • Society for the History of Technology, member

Membership in the editorial boards of other journals:

  • “Severny region: nauka, obrazovanie, cultura” (Surgut, Russia), editorial council member
  • “Global Environment. A Journal of Transdisciplinary History” (Winwick, UK), editorial board member
  • “East European Historical Bulletin” (Drohobych, Ukraine), editorial board member
  • “Arctic and North” (Arkhangelsk, Russia), editorial board member

Publications in the subject area of the journal “Voprosy istorii estestvoznaniia i tekhniki” [“Studies in the History of Science and Technology”]:

  • Ctroitel'stvo imperii i frontir sovetskoi/postsovetskoi epokhi [Empire-Building and Frontier of Soviet and Post-Soviet Times], Ural Historical Journal, 2021, no. 4 (73), pp. 88-96. DOI: 10.30759/1728-9718-2021-4(73)-88-96 (in Russian)
  • Nuclear-Society Relations from the Dawn of the Nuclear Age, in: Kaijser, A., Lehtonen, M., Meyer, J.-H., Rubio-Varas, M.d.M. (eds). Engaging the Atom. The History of Nuclear Energy and Society in Europe from the 1950s to the Present. Energy and Society Series. Morgantown: West Virginia University Press, 2021. Pp. 27-52.
  • International Organizations and Industry- Societal Relations in Europe: How Comecon, Euratom and the OECD Nuclear Energy Agency Developed Societal Engagement, Ibid., pp. 112-146. (with Lehtonen, M.)
  • Chicken: From Farm to Factory. Cambridge: Polity, 2020.
  • Review of Kate Brown, Manual for Survival, Slavic Review, 2020, vol. 79, no. 2, pp. 284-287. DOI:10.1017/slr.2020.82
  • Boris Gessen as Philosopher and Polemicist: Ideology, Politics and the New Physics in the Soviet Union in the 1920s and 1930s, Science and Politics, 2019, vol. 13, no. 1, pp. 10-36.
  • Response to Waddington et al. on ‘J- value assessment of relocation measures following the nuclear power plant accidents at Chernobyl and Fukushima Daiichi’, Process Safety and Environmental Protection, 2019, vol. 125, pp. 331-333. (with Kasperski, T., and Kuchinskaya, O.)
  • Traffic. New York: Bloomsbury, 2017.
  • Physics Moves to the Provinces: The Siberian Physics Community and Soviet Power, 1917-1940, British Journal for the History of Science, 2017, vol. 50, no. 2, pp. 297-327. DOI: 10.1017/S0007087417000309 (with Sorokin, A.)
  • Stalin’s Water Workers and Their Heritage: Industrializing Nature in Russia, 1950- present, Global Environment, 2017, vol. 10, pp. 168-201. DOI: 10.3197/ge.2017.100107
  • The Costs of the War for the Soviet Union, in: Laakkonen, S., Tucker, R.P., and Vuorisalo, T. (eds). The Long Shadows: A Global Environmental History of the Second World War. Oregon, State University Press, 2017. Pp. 75-96.
  • Putin, the Arctic and the Environment, Global Environment, 2016, vol. 9, pp. 376-413.
  • The Stalinist Plan for the Transformation of Nature and the East European Experience, in: Doubravka Osakova, editor, Stalinʼs Plans for the Transformation of Nature and Their Impact in Eastern Europe. Oxford: Berghahn Books, 2016. Pp. 1-41.
  • Amerikanskie i rossiiskie issledovaniya istorii atomnogo proekta SSSR: sravnitel'nyi analiz [American and Russian Studies on the History of the Soviet Atomic Project: A Comparative Analysis], Voprosy istorii estestvoznaniia i tekhniki [Studies in the History of Science and Technology], vol. 37, no. 1, pp. 85-109. (with Melnikova, N.) (in Russian)
  • History of World Technology, 1750-Present, in: Pomeranz, K., and McNeil, J. (eds). Cambridge World History, vol. 7. Production, Destruction and Connection, 1750-Present. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2015. Pp. 136-163.
  • Fish Sticks, Sports Bras, and Aluminum Cans: The Politics of Everyday Technologies. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2015.
  • Russian National Technological Symbolism: Under the Soviets and Beyond, Topos, 2014, nos. 2-3, pp. 215-234. (with Kasperski, T.)
  • Gornoe delo i metallurgiya v Arktike: sovetskie monogoroda [Mining and Metallurgy in the Arctic: The Soviet Company Town], Ural Historical Journal, 2014, no. 2 (43), pp. 125-135. (in Russian)
  • The Conquest of the Russian Arctic. Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 2014.
  • An Environmental History of Russia. Cambridge University Press, 2013. (with Mnatsakian, R., Cherp, A., Dronin, N., Efremenko, D., Larin, V., and Yanitsky, O.)
  • Technology and Environment, in: McNeill, J., and Mauldin, E.S. (eds). A Companion to Global Environmental History. Oxford: Blackwell Publishing, 2012. Pp. 340-359.

Participation in grants:

  • grants from Russian Foundation for Basic Research (RFBR), the US National Science Foundation and the Eurocommission, principal investigator or researcher

Contact information:

4000 Mayflower Hill, Waterville, Maine 04901 USA