Steven Seegel is associate professor of history at the University of Northern Colorado, specializing in the intellectual and political history of Imperial Russia, the USSR and successor states, and modern East Central Europe. He received his Ph.D. in Russian and European History from Brown University in 2006, and he is the author of books on the history of modern East European geography, geopolitics, and critical cartography. Internationally active as a writer and researcher, he has presented his work in the United States as well as in England, Finland, Germany, Hungary, Poland, Russia, Sweden, and Ukraine.
His first book is Ukraine under Western Eyes (Harvard University Press, 2011), which is scheduled for re-release with in December 2013 with a CD-ROM of 95 maps. It is a profile of the life and maps of Bohdan Krawciw (1904-1975), the multilingual Ukrainian poet, cultural activist, translator of Rainer Maria Rilke, and émigré journalist in North America. The project was executed while he was a Shklar postdoctoral fellow at the Harvard Ukrainian Research Institute in 2006-2007, where he also curated an exhibition in 2008 previewing the Krawciw Ucrainica Collection, the largest single collection of maps of Ukraine outside the country, at Harvard’s Pusey Library.
His second book, Mapping Europe’s Borderlands: Russian Cartography in the Age of Empire (University of Chicago Press, 2012), was nominated in spring 2013 for the Joseph Rothschild Prize of the Association for the Study of Nationalities. Various reviews of the book have appeared in the American Historical Review, Canadian Slavonic Papers, Cartographica, Choice, Foreign Affairs, H-Net, Imago Mundi, Isis, the Journal of Historical Geography, Nationalities Papers, and the Times Literary Supplement.
In addition to articles and chapter-length pieces, Dr. Seegel had also reviewed books for the American Historical Review, Ab Imperio, Austrian History Yearbook, Canadian Slavonic Papers, H-Habsburg, H-Urban, Imago Mundi, Kritika, Nationalities Papers, Nations and Nationalism, Pol-Int (Viadrina), and Slavic Review. He has contributed to the international History of Cartography series. He has served as a translator for nearly 300 entries from Russian and Polish sources and survivor testimonies for the award-winning Encyclopedia of Camps and Ghettos, 1933-1945. The first of the seven-volume series was published jointly in 2009 by Indiana University Press and the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum.
His third project, Map Wars, is a microstudy of the entangled modern lives and transnational careers of six geographers across East Central Europe, from the 1870s to the 1950s. He has introduced parts of the book in progress at Uppsala University, Columbia University, the Polish Academy of Sciences in Berlin, Indiana University, and at Harvard’s Radcliffe Institute. In fall 2013, he will be presenting more of its chapters at the Harvard Ukrainian Research Institute, and in spring 2014 at the Herder-Institut in Marburg, Germany. He plans to be on sabbatical from UNC in 2014-2015.
At UNC, Dr. Seegel in his courses tends to look to disciplines well beyond history in order to find inspiration and innovation. He invites all his students to undertake the challenge of learning—and teaching oneself—how to read, write, research, and think independently about the historian’s craft and its intersections with other liberal arts, science and technology, the natural and social sciences, and rapidly changing fields in the spatial humanities and GIS.
During Fall 2013, Dr. Seegel is teaching the following courses.
- HIST 121: Western Civilization 1689-Present | Syllabus
- HIST 388: Imperial Russia | Syllabus
- HIST 394: European Intellectual | Syllabus
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