Erik R. Scott

College of Liberal Arts and Sciences - History
Assistant Professor
Primary office:
Wescoe Hall
Room 3621
University of Kansas
1445 Jayhawk Blvd.
Lawrence, KS 66045


In his research, Professor Scott explores migration, mobility, and diaspora within the imperial borders of Russia and Eurasia as well as in a broader global context. He is currently completing a book manuscript, Familiar Strangers: The Georgian Diaspora in the Soviet Union, which looks at the USSR not simply as a Russian empire, but as an “empire of diasporas,” where politics, culture, and economics were defined by the mixing of a diverse array of mobile nationalities. Following the history of Georgians beyond the Georgian republic from 1917 to the present, his book examines the evolution of the Soviet multiethnic empire from the perspective of its most prominent internal diaspora.

Recently, Professor Scott began research on a second project that will examine the multiethnic nature of Russian and Soviet emigration in the twentieth century. In addition to his historical research, Professor Scott is the author of several publications on the contemporary Caucasus.

Teaching

Teaching Interests

  • Russia
  • Soviet Union
  • USSR
  • Caucasus
  • Modern Europe
  • Migration
  • Diaspora
  • Empire
  • Cold War

Research

Research Interests

  • Russia
  • Eurasia
  • Soviet Union
  • USSR
  • Caucasus
  • Migration
  • Diaspora
  • Nationality
  • Empire
  • Cold War
  • Organized crime

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