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Anton Fedyashin

Director of the Carmel Institute of Russian Culture and History Department of History

Anton Fedyashin received his BA from St. John’s College in Annapolis, MD, where he studied the Great Books. He completed an MA at Harvard University in Russian, East European, and Central Asian Studies and went on to defend his doctoral dissertation at Georgetown University. He teaches Russian/Soviet and European history.


PhD, History Department, Georgetown University
MA, Russian, East European, and Central Asian Studies, Harvard University
BA, Philosophy/History of Math and Science, St. John’s College

Languages Spoken
Native: English and Russian
Fluent: French
Reading: Polish, Ukrainian

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CAS - History
Battelle Tompkins - T-27
Monday & Thursday 12:00pm-5:00pm & by appointment
Contact Info
(202) 885-6381 (Office)

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See Also
Department of History
Carmel Institute of Russian Culture & History


  • Spring 2017

    • HIST-412 Studies in European History: Europe During the Cold War
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  • Summer 2017

    • HIST-496 Selected Topics:Non-Recurring: Revolutionary Russia
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  • Fall 2017

    • HIST-500 Studies in History: Global Cold War
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Scholarly, Creative & Professional Activities

Research Interests

Professor Fedyashin is a specialist in Russian and European history. His area of concentration, however, is imperial Russian history, although his courses, conference papers, and publications cover the entire modern period from the imperial to the post-Soviet era. His particular area of interest are his students whom he encourages to visit him during office hours and for whom he writes recommendations with pleasure and in a timely manner.

Honors, Awards, and Fellowships

  • 2005-2006 Georgetown University Royden B. Davis Fellowship
  • 2000-2005 Georgetown University Teaching Assistantship Award
  • 1997-1999 Harvard University Graduate School of Arts and Sciences Graduate Fellowship
  • Summer 1998 Harvard University Davis Center Graduate Research Travel Grant

Work In Progress

Professor Fedyashin is currently completing a book on Russian liberalism and late imperial modernization. His second book project will deal with post-Soviet conservative thought in Russia. He is also working on articles about Russophobia in the work of British journalist E.J. Dillon and Samantha Smith’s famous 1983 visit to the USSR.

Selected Publications

  • “Resurgent Russian Conservatism: The Narochnitskaia Phenomenon,” forthcoming in Kritika: Explorations in Russian and Eurasian History 
  • “Are Comparisons between the Soviet and French Revolutions Valid?” In History in Dispute, v. 21 Twentieth-century European Social and Political Movements. First series. Editor Paul du Quenoy (Detroit: St. James Press, 2004) 
  • “Was the Sovietization of Poland after the Second World War Planned?” In History in Dispute, v. 17 Twentieth-century European Social and Political Movements. Second series. Editor Paul du Quenoy (Detroit: St. James Press, 2004)

Professional Presentations

  • Jan 2009 “The Innocent Ambassador: Samantha Smith in the Soviet Press” American Historical Association (AHA), New York, NY
  • Jan 2009 Organizer: “Cold War Celebrities and Myths: Jack Benny, Yuri Gagarin, and Samantha Smith.” AHA, New York, NY
  • Nov 2008 “‘A Public Thirsty for Moral Shocks’: E.J. Dillon and Sexual Morality in Late Imperial Russia” Association for the Advancement of Slavic Studies (AAASS), Philadelphia, PA
  • March 2008 “Liberalism, Globalization, and Rural Poverty in Late Imperial Russia: Modernization on the Pages of Vestnik Evropy,” Southern Conference on Slavic Studies (SCSS), Atlanta, GA

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