Professor and Susan Carmel Lehrman Chair of Russian History and Culture

Eric Lohr

Professor and Susan Carmel Lehrman Chair of Russian History and Culture
Department of History

  • Additional Positions at AU

    Director of Graduate Studies, History Department
  • Eric Lohr published his most recent book, Russian Citizenship: From Empire to Soviet Union, with Harvard University Press in September 2012. He received his MA in Russian Studies and PhD in History from Harvard University. He then taught at Harvard as an assistant professor of History (2000-2003). He is also the author of Nationalizing the Russian Empire: The Campaign Against Enemy Aliens during World War I (Harvard University Press, 2003). He is currently writing Russia’s Great War, 1914-1918. Lohr has been active in discussions of U.S.-Russian relations, including service on the Russia/Europe advisory group for the Hillary Clinton campaign for president in 2007-2008.
  • Degrees

    PhD, History, Harvard University
    MA, Russian and East European Studies, Harvard University
    BA, History and BS, Economics, University of Wisconsin at Madison
  • Languages Spoken:

    Russian, German

  • CAS - History
  • Battelle Tompkins - 127

  • (202) 885-2464 (Office)
  • Send email Profile UserID

  • To request an interview for a
    news story, call AU Communications
    at 202-885-5950 or submit a request.


Scholarly, Creative & Professional Activities

Research Interests

He is currently completing a history of citizenship in the Russian Empire and plans to begin work on a study of the end of the Russian Empire during World War I.  He will also serve as one of the editors of a multi-volume history of the Russian Empire during the First World War.  He takes an active interest in contemporary policy discussions on U.S.-Russian relations, and is writing an article on the fate of Russian regional soft power.

Professional Presentations

  • “The Georgian-Russian Conflict: Past, Present and Future,” Lecture at the Kennan Institute, Woodrow Wilson Center for Scholars, Washington DC, November 10, 2008.
  • “Copied from Germany? Late Imperial Russian Citizenship, Immigration and Naturalization Policies.” Paper delivered at the conference “Imperium Pares: Reflections on Imperial Identity and Interimperial Transfers in the Russian Empire (1700-1917), September 8-12, 2008, German Historical Institute, Moscow.
  • “Paradoxes of the Illegality of Jewish Emigration in late Imperial Russia,” Opening address for the conference ‘Points of Passage: Jewish Transmigrants from Eastern Europe in Germany, Britain, Scandanavia, and other Countries, 1860-1929’, Hamburg Emigration Museum BallinStadt, Hamburg, Germany, September 13-15, 2008.
  • “Russian and Ottoman Subjecthood Boundaries: Population Policy vs. Citizenship in Kars, Batum and Ardahan Provinces, 1877-1917.” Talk for the conference: Empire, Conquest and Faith: The Russian and Ottoman Interaction, 1650-1920, Columbia University, April 24-26, 2008.
  • Workshop presentation on the history of Russian subjecthood at the Harvard Russian and East European History Workshop, April 23, 2008.
  • Workshop on “Methodology in History”—on the teaching of nationalism in graduate history programs in East Europe. National University of "Kyiv-Mohyla Academy", Ukraine, December 15-20, 2007. Discussion leader.
  • “What the Archives have told us about the Russian Revolution since 1991.” Lecture and panel discussion on the Russian Revolution, The 92nd Street Y, November 4, 2007.
  • “Core Nationalism in the Russian Empire.” Lecture at the conference “Chancen und Krisen multi-ethnischer Grossreiche im 19. und 20. Jahrhundert,” Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg, Germany, October 4-6, 2007.
  • “Citizenship in Imperial Russia.” Lecture at the Humboldt University, Berlin, May 23, 2007.
  • “1915 and the War Pogrom Paradigm.” Paper presented at the workshop “Borderlands: Ethnicity, Identity and Violence in the Shatter-Zone of Empires Since 1848, Herder Institute, Marburg, Germany, May 17-20, 2007.
  • Cold War International History Project, Woodrow Wilson Center for Scholars. Presentation and panel discussion on Stalin's Wars: From World War to Cold War, 1939-1953, by Geoffrey Roberts. April 18, 2007. A video of the event is posted on the web at:
  • Conference on The Putin Era in Historical Perspective sponsored by the Bureau of Intelligence and Research of the U.S. Department of State and the National Intelligence Council on November 15, 2006. Commentator on panel “managing society from the top down.”
  • Series of three lectures at L’Ecole des Haute Études en Sciences Sociales and L’Institut National D’Études Demographiques, Paris 5/19/06-6/10/06.

Media Appearances

  • Interviewed on the war in Georgia (2008) by and Wisconsin Public Radio’s “Morning Edition.”

Professional Services

  • Hillary Clinton Campaign for President: Member of advisory committee on Russian and European Foreign Relations, 11/07-6/08
  • InterMedia: Consultant for Russian Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty radio programming, 8/04-11/04.

Selected Publications

  • Nationalizing the Russian Empire: The Campaign Against Enemy Aliens during World War I, Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 2003.
  • The Military and Society in Russian History, 1450-1917 (co-edited with Marshall Poe).  Leiden, The Netherlands: Brill Academic Publishers, 2002.
  • The Papers of Grigorii Nikolaevich Trubetskoi (edited and wrote introduction and inventory).  Published on-line by the Hoover Institution, Stanford University, on the Online Archive of California, 2006.
  • “The Ideal Citizen and Real Subject in Late Imperial Russia,” Kritika: Explorations in Russian and Eurasian History 7, no. 2 (Spring 2006): 173-194.
  • “The Papers of Grigorii N. Trubetskoi: A new source publication for the study of diplomacy, Orthodoxy, and liberalism, 1900-1931,” Cahiers du Monde russe 46, 4 (October-December 2005): 851-854.
  • “Russian Economic Nationalism during World War I: Moscow Merchants and Commercial Diasporas,” Nationalities Papers 31, no. 4 (December 2003): 471-484.
  • “Novye dokumenty o Rossiiskoi Armii i evreiakh vo vremena Pervoi mirovoi voiny,” Vestnik evreiskogo universiteta, no. 8 (26) (Moscow, 2003): 245-268.
  • “Patriotic Violence and the State: The Moscow Riots of 1915” Kritika: Explorations in Russian and Eurasian History 4, no. 3 (Summer 2003): 607-626.
  • "The Russian Army and the Jews: Mass Deportation, Hostages and Violence during World War I,” The Russian Review (July 2001): 404-419.
  • "Arkady Volsky's Political Base," Europe-Asia Studies 45, no. 5 (1993): 811-829.

Honors, Awards, and Fellowships

  • Visiting Scholar, L’Ecole des Haute Etudes en Sciences Sociales, Paris 5/19/06-6/10/06
  • Kennan Institute Research Fellowship, Woodrow Wilson Center, Washington D.C., awarded for 1/1/05 – 9/30/05
  • Post-Doctoral Fellow, Davis Center for Russian Studies, Harvard University, 7/99-12/99
  • International Research and Exchanges Board Dissertation Research Fellowship, 11/96-8/97
  • Davis Center for Russian Studies Graduate Travel Grants, 6/96-8/96, 6/98-8/98
  • Derek Bok Center Award for Distinction in Teaching, Harvard University, 6/96
  • Foreign Language Area Studies Fellowships, 9/92-5/93, 6/93-8/93, 9/94-5/95
  • Howard M. Groves Economics Writing Award, University of Wisconsin, 8/90
  • Senior Thesis Writing Award: University of Wisconsin, 6/90
  • Raymond and Marie Goldbach Foundation Full Tuition Scholarship, 9/86-5/90

Work In Progress

  • Citizenship in Imperial and Revolutionary Russia. In the writing phase of a study of the citizenship boundary in Russian history, focusing on the period 1860-1924.
  • “Russian Soft Power in the Former Soviet States: Trends in Russian Language and Media.” Project underway with co-investigator Nino Japaridze that will result in at least one article and several presentations. Based on a massive set of proprietary data from surveys conducted by the Intermedia corporation, 1993-present.
  • Co-editor of volumes on the Russian Empire during World War I, to be published by the Woodrow Wilson Center Press. I attended an editorial board meeting and conference in Aberdeen, Scotland in July 2008 to prepare this volume. It is in the very early stages.
  • The End of the Russian Empire: War, State Failure, and Revolution (Arnold Publishing (Oxford University Press), under contract. Have not yet started to work on this).


AU Expert

Area of Expertise: Russia and the former Soviet Union

Additional Information: Eric Lohr is a historian actively engaged in current discussions about U.S.-Russian relations. He recently served on the advisory committee on Russian and European affairs for the Hillary Clinton campaign for president, and is a participant in the Dartmouth Conference, a long-standing dialogue to improve relations between the United States and Russia. He is working on a book on citizenship in Russian history, and another book on Russia during World War I. Before coming to Washington, D.C., he was an assistant professor at Harvard University. He is the author of Nationalizing the Russian Empire: The Campaign against Enemy Aliens during World War I (Harvard University Press, 2003), and founder and chair of the Washington Russian History Seminar.

Media Relations
To request an interview please call AU Media Relations at 202-885-5950 or submit an interview request form.

AU News and Achievements