Michael G. Smith

  • Professor
  • Ph.D., Georgetown University, 1991

Department Information

History // Faculty

Office Information

  • Office: UNIV 027
  • Office Phone: (765) 496-2420
  • Office Fax: (765) 496-1755
  • Office Hours: Fall 2017: TTh 10:30-11:30 and 1:15 pm
  • E-mail: mgsmith@purdue.edu
  • Courses

  • Survey of Global History (105); History of Russia to 1861 (238), History of Russia from 1861 (239), History of Russian Cinema (391); The Kennedy Assassination in Global Perspective (302), Comparative Conspiracies and Conspiracy Theories (495); History of Aviation (384), History of the Space Age (387); Borderlands of the Russian Empire (590); Technology and Innovation in the Cold War (590).

  • Specialization

  • Russian, Aerospace, and Global History

  • Michael Smith is currently finishing a textbook on the history of the Space Age, and is completing a monograph on the history of aerospace engineering at Purdue University (between 1946 and 1969).  He 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 (New York: Mouton de Gruyter Publishers, 1998); and a series of articles and book chapters on Russian political culture.  

    List of Publications

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