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Heather DeHaan Heather DeHaan

Associate Professor
Ph.D., 2005, University of Toronto
Russia and the Soviet Union, Soviet Azerbaijan, Urban History
Office: LT 714 
Phone: (607) 777-6738

Dr. Heather D. DeHaan takes interest in how imperial power asserted itself (and was resisted) through urban planning and development. Her current research concerns neighborhood development in the City of Baku from the late 1920s to the early postwar period. Her teaching interests include Russian and Soviet History, the Caucasus, and the twentieth-century urban experience in Europe and the former Soviet Union.

Recent Courses:
Red Phoenix: History of the Soviet Union
The Cold War: Comparative American and Soviet Views
Russia's Asia: Power and People on the Periphery
Imperial Russia: From Peter I to Nicholas II
Seminar on Soviet History
Urban Visions: The Modern European City in Comparative Perspective

Academic Awards & Fellowships:
NEH Summer Stipend, Summer 2013
Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching, 2012
Canadian Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences, Publication Subvention, 2011
Title VIII Research Fellowship, Kennan Institute (Woodrow Wilson Center), 2009
Tucker/Cohen Prize (for outstanding doctoral dissertation), 2006
Individual Development Award, Binghamton University, 2006-2007
Kenneth McNaught Fellowship in History, 2004
Social Science & Humanities Research Council of Canada Fellowship, 1998-2002.

• Stalinist City Planning: Professionals, Performance and Power in 1930s Nizhnii Novgorod, University of Toronto Press, 2013. [Link:]
• "Dynamic Cityscapes: Contesting the Soviet City," Russian Analytical Digest 85 (1 November 2010): 2-4.
• "Urban Studies Within Russian History: Challenges Ahead," Antropologicheskii forum 12 (2010): 53-62.
• "Finding the Soviet in Post-Soviet Space: An Excavation of the Post-Soviet City of Nizhnii Novgorod," in What is Socialism Now, edited by Thomas Lahusen and Peter Solomon (London: LIT Verlag, 2008).
• "Modernizatsiia, otstalost' i Rossiia," in Problemy modernizatsii rossiiskogo obshchestva: sotsiokul 'turnye, pravovye, ekonomicheskie, ekologicheski aspekty (Nizhnii Novgorod: NF MNEPU, 2006), 55-57.
• "Engendering a People: Soviet Women and Socialist Rebirth in Russia," Canadian Slavonic Papers 3-4 (Sept-Dec. 1999): 431-455.

Invited Presentations:
• "The Building of Stalin-Era Nizhnii Novgorod (Gorky): Matter, Metaphor, and Power," University of Michigan, 18 February 2009.
• "Emplacing Power: The Spatial Reconstruction of Gor'kii in the 1930s," Conference on Eurasian Cities, University of Toronto, 14 March 2008.
• "Finding the Soviet in Post-Soviet Spaces: An Excavation of the City of Nizhnii Novgorod (Russia)," Binghamton University (SUNY), 4 October 2006.
• "Modernizm i planirovka gorodov: nekotorye zamechaniia o Nizhnem Novgorode i Toronto (Modernization and Urban Planning: Reflections on Nizhnii Novgorod and Toronto)," GTsSI (State Center for Contemporary Art), Nizhnii Novgorod (Russia), 26 July 2006.
• The Archaeology of a Post-Soviet City: Nizhnii Novgorod," Third Session of the Real Socialism Conference Series: "What is Soviet Now? Identities, Legacies, Memories," University of Toronto, 6 April 2006.


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Last Updated: 10/24/13