Sam Coggeshall
Department of History
I am a Ph.D. Candidate in the Columbia History Department focusing on Russia and the Soviet Union. My research examines the history of the Soviet Union in international and inter-imperial context, focusing on the interaction between the Soviet state and the British Empire during the Russian Civil War and in the interwar period. I am writing a dissertation on how Soviet and British officials created borders and constructed territories in Eastern Europe and Eurasia during the Russian Civil War, shaping new national spaces out of former imperial regions. Some of my other research interests include the role of gender in the construction of empire, the history of avant-garde literary and artistic movements, the political and cultural dynamics of Stalinism, global anticommunist movements, and the effects of the Second World War.  I have received fellowships from the Harriman Institute to conduct research in Russia and in states of the former Soviet Union relevant to my research, including Latvia, Estonia, and Georgia. Harriman Institute Pepsico Research Travel Fellowships have supported summer research trips, while a Philip E. Mosley and John H. Backer Junior Fellowship supported an additional year of research and writing and a Research Grant supported the acquisition of crucial research materials.     

I am a Ph.D. Candidate in the Columbia History Department focusing on Russia and the Soviet Union. My research examines the history of the Soviet Union in international and inter-imperial context, focusing on the interaction between the Soviet state and the British Empire during the Russian Civil War and in the interwar period. I am writing a dissertation on how Soviet and British officials created borders and constructed territories in Eastern Europe and Eurasia during the Russian Civil War, shaping new national spaces out of former imperial regions. Some of my other research interests include the role of gender in the construction of empire, the history of avant-garde literary and artistic movements, the political and cultural dynamics of Stalinism, global anticommunist movements, and the effects of the Second World War. 

I have received fellowships from the Harriman Institute to conduct research in Russia and in states of the former Soviet Union relevant to my research, including Latvia, Estonia, and Georgia. Harriman Institute Pepsico Research Travel Fellowships have supported summer research trips, while a Philip E. Mosley and John H. Backer Junior Fellowship supported an additional year of research and writing and a Research Grant supported the acquisition of crucial research materials.     

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