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Michael Smith

Michael G. Smith


Associate Professor

Ph.D. Georgetown University, 1991

Office Hours: Fall 2014: TTh 10:30-11:30 & by appointment
Office: UNIV 027
Office Phone: (765) 494-4132
Office Fax: (765) 496-1755
E-mail: mgsmith@purdue.edu

Specialization:

Russian History, History of the Space Age, Topics in Global History 



Courses:

Hist 105 Survey of Global History
Hist 238 History of Russia from Medieval Times to 1861
Hist 240 History of Russia from 1861 to the Present
Hist 302 Kennedy Assassination in Global Perspective
Hist 384 History of Aviation
Hist 387 History of the Space Age
Hist 391 History of Russian Popular Entertainment
Hist 590 Borderlands of the Russian Empire
Hist 590 Technology and Innovation in the Cold War



Professor Smith is author of Rockets and Revolution: A Cultural History of Early Spaceflight (Lincoln and London: University of Nebraska Press, 2014).  He has also published Language and Power in the Creation of the USSR, 1917-1953 (Berlin and New York: Mouton de Gruyter Publishers, 1998); and a series of articles and book chapters on the Russian revolution and Soviet Azerbaijan.  He is currently researching the global dimensions of the “Lenin cult” and is interested in comparative political metaphors and conspiracy theories in Russian and American culture.

List of Publications