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Martin Blackwell, Ph.D.

Martin Blackwell
Title: Professor - History
Phone: 706-864-1468

Office: Barnes Hall 325, Dahlonega
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Areas of Expertise: Russia, eastern Europe, the Caucasus


Dr. Blackwell is a native of Shaker Heights, Ohio and a fluent Russian speaker.  After completing his undergraduate degree at Kenyon College, and both prior to and after the completion of his Ph.D. in History at Indiana University-Bloomington, he lived and worked for almost a decade in cities such as Moscow, St. Petersburg, Kyiv, Volgograd, Almaty (Kazakstan), Atyrau (Kazakstan), and L’viv (Ukraine).  At UNG, Dr. Blackwell teaches courses on Russian history as well as those in the World history sequence (including a cross-listed with Russian HIST 1112 course entitled "Advanced Russian through History").  Recently, he helped develop UNG's Real-Time Russia summer study abroad program in Abakan, Khakasiia and has instructed its students as they travel to Moscow at the program's end.   

Courses Taught

Imperial Russia (HIST 3271), Revolutionary Russia (HIST 3272), Russia's Wars (HIST 4810), Nationalism in Russia (HIST 3235), The Soviet Experiment (HIST 2216), Historiography (HIST 2000), Advanced Russian through History (RUSS 3990/HIST 1112), World History I (HIST 1111), World History II (HIST 1112)


  • Ph.D., History, Indiana University - Bloomington, 2005
  • B.A. with Honors, History, Kenyon College, 1992

Research/Special Interests

Dr. Blackwell’s research focuses on life in the former Soviet Union from the beginning of the Second World War in 1939 until that country's collapse in 1991.  His recently published monograph examines the relationship between the ruling Communist Party and the people of Kyiv, Ukraine following the Nazi occupation. His current project examines expectations for change in Leningrad in the late 1980s.  Dr. Blackwell is also an active member on the Editorial Board of the St. Petersburg-based journal Modern History of Russia.


Kyiv as Regime City: The Return of Soviet Power after Nazi Occupation, (Rochester, NY: University of Rochester Press, 2016)

Work Experience

Associate Professor of History - University of North Georgia, 2013-2017
Assistant/Associate Professor of History - Gainesville State College, 2007-2012
Visiting Assistant Professor of History - University of Central Arkansas, 2005-2007

Personal Information

Member, Association of Slavic, East European and Eurasian Studies (ASEEES)
Member, Southern Conference on Slavic Studies (SCSS)

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