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Jeff Eden

Assistant Professor

Ph.D., Harvard University, 2016
Curriculum Vitae


Geographic Field(s):  Modern European History: Central/Eastern Europe; Asian History

Thematic Field(s):  Religious History; Colonial, Imperial, & Diasporic History; Urban History; War and Empire in History

Principal Research Interest(s):  Russia, Central Asia, and the Caucasus


Jeff Eden (Ph.D., Harvard, 2016) is a historian of Russia and Central Asia. His books include God Save the USSR: Soviet Muslims and the Second World War (Oxford, 2021; paperback forthcoming), which was named one of Foreign Affairs' "Best Books of 2022"; Slavery and Empire in Central Asia (Cambridge, 2018; paperback 2020), which was shortlisted for the CESS Book Award; and Warrior Saints of the Silk Road: Legends of the Qarakhanids (Brill, 2018). Before coming to Northwestern, he was Pandion Haliaetus Assistant Professor of History at St. Mary's College of Maryland, and before that he was a Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow at Cornell University's Society for the Humanities. He is currently working on two book projects, one about Turkmens in nineteenth-century Iran and the other about the Soviet Caucasus during the Second World War. At Northwestern, he teaches classes on Russian, Central Asian, and global history. Links to some of Eden's articles (etc.) can be found on [this website].

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