Martin Blackwell

Martin Blackwell

Visiting Professor of History

Dr. Blackwell is a native of Shaker Heights, Ohio and a fluent Russian speaker. After completing his undergraduate degree at Kenyon College, and both prior to and after the completion of his Ph.D. in History at Indiana University, he lived and worked for almost a decade in the cities of Moscow, St. Petersburg, Kyiv, and Volgograd, as well as in Almaty and Atyrau in Kazakhstan. Dr. Blackwell teaches courses on Eurasian history and other broader courses such as his FSEM dedicated to ancient and medieval history both East and West.

  • Ph.D., History, Indiana University, 2005
  • B.A. with Honors, History, Kenyon College, 1992


Course Sampling

  • Freedom's Turn: The Axis Age of 500 BC and its Legacy
  • Nationalism in Russia
  • Russia's Wars
  • Modern Central Asia / Caucasus

Areas of Expertise

  • Russia
  • Central Asia
  • The Caucasus


Member, Association of Slavic, East European and Eurasian Studies (ASEEES)
Member, Southern Conference on Slavic Studies (SCSS) 


Dr. Blackwell's research focuses on life in the former Soviet Union from the beginning of the Second World War in 1939 until that country's collapse in 1991. His recently published monograph examines the relationship between the ruling Communist Party and the people of Kyiv, Ukraine following the Nazi occupation. His current project examines expectations for change in Leningrad in the late 1980s. Dr. Blackwell is also an active member on the Editorial Board of the St. Petersburg-based journal *Modern History of Russia*.


  • "Kyiv as Regime City: The Return of Soviet Power after Nazi Occupation", (Rochester, NY: University of Rochester Press, 2016).