Douglas Northrop F'20, F'03

Douglas  Northrop
Professor
History and Middle East Studies
University of Michigan-Ann Arbor

ACLS Fellowship Program 2020
Professor
History and Middle East Studies
University of Michigan-Ann Arbor
Four Days that Shook the World: Earthquakes and Empire Along the Eurasian Frontier

This study explores the intertwined seismic and social histories of Central Eurasia. I use several major earthquakes—with their attendant drama and social, cultural, political, and economic consequences—to gain a fresh perspective on the Russo-Soviet empire. The resulting book is built around four traumatic episodes, all located in or near urban centers of the imperial periphery: Almaty, Kazakhstan (1887); Ashgabat, Turkmenistan (1948); Tashkent, Uzbekistan (1966); and Spitak, Armenia (1988). These cataclysmic events are the spine of a new, sweeping history of the empire, one that brings together colonial, environmental, cultural, and urban history, as well as the history of science.

Charles A. Ryskamp Research Fellowships 2003
Assistant Professor
History
University of Georgia
Veiled Empire: Gender and Power in Stalinist Central Asia