Austin Jersild is a historian of modern Russian and Soviet history who has published widely on the history of Russia’s imperial expansion into the Caucasus. His many archival research experiences include extended stays in St. Petersburg, Moscow, Tbilisi, Vladivostok, Prague, and Berlin. In 2008-09 he was a Fulbright Research Scholar in the Russian Federation and the Czech Republic, and his work has also been supported by the National Council on Eurasian and East European Research and the American Councils on International Education. He has been a fellow at the Kennan Institute of the Woodrow Wilson Center and the Hoover Institute of Stanford University. His current research explores the treatment and perception of China within the socialist bloc of the 1950s. His graduate seminars in GPIS and the department of history explore the history of socialism, international history, imperialism and nationalism in Russia and Soviet history, and the era of Stalin.