Andy Bruno

Current Research

I am an environmental historian of Russia and the Soviet Union with an interest in many aspects of human interactions with the natural world. My main scholarly ambition has been to demonstrate the pertinence of environmental perspectives to major questions in Russian history. This goal has led me to write about animals and avalanches, energy and economy, revolution and repression, waste and water, science and socialism, and other themes. In this scholarship, I have highlighted the role of nature as an actor in history and the place of the Russian environmental experience in comparative and global history. A focus on specific locations—the Russian Arctic and the Siberian taiga, for instance—also characterizes my approach to environmental history. Most recently, my research has turned toward questions of human engagements with outer space and the variable climate system on this planet. My first book examined the environmental history of economic transformation in the Russian north during the twentieth century. My current book project explores the history of the 1908 Tunguska explosion and the efforts to understand it. See my personal website for more information.

Major Publications


Articles/Book Chapters

  • "Atomic Visitors from Outer Space: The Tunguska Nuclear Hypothesis in Soviet Technological Imagination," The Russian Review (forthcoming 2022).
  • "Studying the Siberian Anthropocene: An Introduction," The Soviet and Post-Soviet Review 48, no. 3 (forthcoming 2021).

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.

Courses Taught

  • HIST 171: World History since 1500
  • HIST 336: Russia to 1861
  • HIST 337: Russia since 1861
  • HIST 389/ENVS 450: Global Climate History
  • HIST 395: Historical Methods
  • HIST 434/534: Russian Revolution
  • HIST 435/535: Stalinism
  • HIST 495: Senior Thesis
  • HIST 600: Graduate Reading Seminar on Climate History
  • HIST 600: Graduate Reading Seminar on Natural Disasters
  • HIST 695: Seminar in College Teaching of History

Interdisciplinary Affiliation

Institute for the Study of the Environment, Sustainability, and Energy

Curriculum Vitae

Personal Webpage


Andy Bruno

Andy Bruno
Associate Professor and Director of Graduate Studies
Zulauf 726

Russia/Soviet Union, Modern Europe, Environmental, Arctic, Climate

Ph.D., University of Illinois, 2011

Office Hours

Monday, 3-5 p.m. and by appointment.