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 2016: on sabbatical
  • E-mail: mgsmith@purdue.edu
  • 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 495 Comparative Conspiracy Theories of the 20th Century
    Hist 590 Borderlands of the Russian Empire
    Hist 590 Technology and Innovation in the Cold War

  • Specialization

  • Russian History, Aerospace History, Topics in Global History 

  • 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

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