Fields of Study: Russia/Soviet Union, Modern Europe, Arctic, Environmental History, Climate
Office: Zulauf 720
Education: Ph.D., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2011; M.A., European University at Saint Petersburg, 2004; B.A., Reed College, 2003
Current Research: My first book examines the environmental history of economic transformation in the Russian north during the twentieth century. It asks questions about the relationship between nature and power in the Soviet Union, the forms of interaction with the environment that developed in communist systems, and the role of the Arctic in global environmental history. The study is based on an in-depth examination of a range of industries on the Kola Peninsula in the northwest corner of Russia. I also have several article-length projects that address industrial waste and Soviet environmental performance, the relationship between reindeer herders and conservation scientists, environmental subjectivity in the Soviet Union, and long-term human interactions with Lake Imandra. Future projects will focus on the Tunguska explosion of 1908 and Eurasian climate history.
Teaching Interests: I teach a full array of courses on Russian history as well as classes on comparative environmental history, including climate history. I also offer surveys on world history and European history and methodological/thematic courses for history majors, advanced undergraduates, and graduate students.
Institute for the Study of the Environment, Sustainability, and Energy
Personal Webpage: http://andybruno.wordpress.com/