Andy Bruno

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. My current book project is a history of the 1908 Tunguska explosion and the efforts to understand it (see my personal website for more information).


Major Publications


Articles/Book Chapters

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


Personal Webpage


Andy Bruno

Andy Bruno

Associate Professor and Director of Graduate Studies

Ph.D., University of Illinois, 2011

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

Zulauf 726

Office hours: Tu 1:00-5:00 PM & by appointment