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Sergey Glebov
Assistant Professor of History, Smith College and Amherst College

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Sergey Glebov is a historian of the Russian Empire/USSR, and received his Masters degree in

Nationalism Studies from the Central European University in Budapest and his Ph.D. from Rutgers University. He holds a joint appointment in the History Departments of Smith and Amherst Colleges.

His research focuses on intellectual, political, and cultural history of the Russian empire and Soviet Union and on ideologies of imperial expansion, Russian nationalism and Russia 's nationalities. Sergey’s research into the history of the Eurasianist movement led him to explore connections between re-imaginings of Russian imperial space and the emerging structuralism in interwar Europe. He is also interested in the history of the Russian Empire in Siberia, the Far East, and North America, in particular in the interactions of native peoples and imperial structures, and in the history of missionary activities and scholarly exploration.  He is a founding editor of Ab Imperio. Studies in New Imperial History and Nationalism in the Post-Soviet Space 

His publications include:

Books and edited collections:

Between Europe and Asia: The Origins, Theories and Legacies of Russian Eurasianism. Co-edited with Mark Bassin and Marlene Laruelle. Pittsburgh University Press, 2015.

Region v istorii imperii: istoricheskie esse of Sibiri (Region in Empire’s History: Historical Essays on Siberia), editor and author of introduction (Moscow: Novoe Izdatel’stvo, 2013).

Evraziistvo mezhdu imperiei i modernom: Istoria v dokumentakh (Eurasianism Between Empire and Modernity: A History in Documents), (Editor and author of comments and introduction). Novoe izdatel’stvo: Moscow, 2009.

Novaia Imperskaia Istoria postsovetskogo prostranstva (New Imperial History for the post-Soviet Space), co-edited with I. Gerasimov, A. Kaplunovsky, M. Mogilner, and A. Semyonov (CSEN, Kazan, 2004).

Articles and Chapters:

“N. S. Trubetskoi's “Europe and Mankind” and Eurasianist Antievolutionism: One Unknown Source,” in Between Europe and Asia: The Origins, Theories and Legacies of Russian Eurasianism. Co-edited with Mark Bassin and Marlene Laruelle. Pittsburgh University Press, 2015.

“Post-War Russian Eurasianism’s Anticolonial Critique of Eurocentrism and Modernity,” in The Empire & Nationalism at War. Russia’s Great War Series. Ed. by Eric Lohr, Vera Tolz, Alexander Semyonov, and Mark von Hagen. Slavica Publishers, 2014.

“Siberian Ruptures: Dilemmas of Ethnography in Imperial Situation,” in Roland Cwetkowski and Alexis Hofmeister (Eds.), An Empire of Others: Creating Ethnographic Knowledge in Imperial Russia and the USSR (Budapest: CEU Press, 2013).

“Space and Structuralism in Russian Eurasiansm,” in S. Turoma and M. Waldstein (Eds.), Empire De/Centered: New Spatial Histories of Russia and the Soviet Union (London: Ashgate, 2013), pp. 31-60.

“The Arc of Thinking About Nationalism in Challenging Time,” (co-authored with Alexander Semyonov), Ab Imperio 1 (2012): 245-249.

"O territorii vlasti i vlasti territorii: zametki na poliakh 'Sibiri v sostave Rossiiskoi imperii'" (On the Territory of Power and the Power of Territory: Marginalia on "Siberia in the Russian Empire" ), in Ab Imperio 4-2008, pp. 429-439.

"New Imperial History and the Challenges of Empire," co-authored with I. Gerasimov, Jan Kusber, M. Mogilner, and A. Semyonov, in: Ilya Gerasimov, Jan Kusber, and Alexander Semyonov, eds., I. Gerasimov et al (eds.) Empire Speaks Out: Languages of Rationalization and Self-Description in the Russian Empire (Leiden: Brill, 2009), 3-32.

"Siberian Middle Ground: Languages of Rule and Accommodation on Siberian Frontier," in I. Gerasimov et al (eds.) Empire Speaks Out: Languages of Rationalization and Self-Description in the Russian Empire (Brill: Leiden, 2009), pp. 121-151.

"Wither Eurasia: History of Ideas in an Imperial Situation," in Ab Imperio 2-2008, pp. 345-376.

"Regulierter Polizeistaat and Iasak: Heinrich Fick’s Siberian Memorandum," in Ab Imperio 1-2006, pp. 221-240.

"Eurasianism," in J. Merriman and J. Winter (Eds.), Encyclopedia of Europe, 1914-2004.

"Le frémissement du temps: Petr Suvchinsky, l'eurasisme et l'esthétique de la modernité," in Pierre Souvtchinski, cahiers d'étude (Ed. par Eric Humbertclaude), L'Harmattan, Paris, 2006, pp. 163-223.

"A Life with Imperial Dreams: Petr Nikolaevich Savitsky, Eurasianism, and the Invention of "Structuralist" Geography," in Ab Imperio 3-2005, pp. 299-329.

"Unser Europa": Russen ueber Europa und Russlands Platz in ihm, 1697-1920", in Jahrbuch fuer Europaeische Geschichte, Band 5, pp. 83-111, 2004.

"Science, Culture, and Empire: Eurasianism as a Modernist Movement," in Slavic and East European Information Resources, (2003), Vol 4, N. 4 (Proceedings of the Conference on Russian and East European Book and Manuscript Collections in the United States, Columbia University-New York Public Library, New York, USA), pp. 13-31.


The main courses offered by Sergey Glebov at Smith are HST 239, HST 241, and HST 247. HST 239 (Empire Building in Eurasia) introduces students to the emergence, development, and dissolution of one of the last great multinational empires in the world. As a result of this course, students will gain greater understanding of how multinational states managed diversity. They will gain insights into contemporary theorizing of modern nationalism and will be better prepared to navigate themselves in the often complex situation of the post-Soviet world. The students will also learn about colonialism and "Orientalism," mobile diasporas, and supranational institutions. Finally, they will be tempted to think of the history of multinational empires as a model of world history, and explore parallels between modernization processes in the Russian empire and globalization. HST 241 introduces students to the most recent period and explores the social, cultural and political history of the Soviet Union in the Cold War. HST 247 takes the story of the imperial state and society into the Soviet period and explores the tension between the centralizing, universalist Communist ideology and the particular ethnic, social and cultural identities of Soviet subjects.

Other courses at Smith include HST 245 (Empire in the North: Native Peoples of Siberia and Alaska under Russian/Soviet Rule), and HST 101 (Soviet History Through Film).

Sergey Glebov’s courses at Amherst College include Russian Empire Building in Eurasia, Introduction to Peoples and Cultures of Eurasia (Core Course for the Five College Certificate in Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies, Amherst and Mount Holyoke), The Soviet Century, Stalin and Stalinism, and European Intellectual History in the 20th Century.

Sergey also coordinates the Five College Certificate in Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies ( and serves as the campus advisor for the Certificate at Smith.