John Romero defended his doctoral dissertation in history at Arizona State University in July 2019. His research focuses on Soviet nationalities policy and culture during and after Stalin. In his dissertation, he explores the connection between nation-building and the formulation of Soviet culture through an analysis of prominent cultural elites and institutions in the Tatar Autonomous Soviet Socialist Republic. John’s work has appeared in an edited volume devoted to Russia’s regional identities and in the peer-reviewed journal Kritika: Explorations in Russian and Eurasian History. More broadly, John is interested in the global history of empire and colonialism and in the role of nations and nationalism in modern history. John’s postdoctoral project at the RSW expands the contours of his doctoral dissertation by drawing attention to both the initial creation of national cadres in the Tatar Republic in the 1920s and to the rise of the last generation of Soviet Tatar cultural elites in the 1970s and 1980s. As a postdoctoral fellow John will lead a writing kruzhok with RSW graduate students and will teach an upper-division course in the Department of the International Studies in Spring 2020.
RSW Postdoctoral Fellow, 2019-2020