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Charles Tilly Collegiate Professor of Social and Political History, University of Michigan

Anna-Maria Kellen Fellow - Class of Spring 2014

Ronald Suny is the Charles Tilly Collegiate Professor of Social and Political History at the University of Michigan, where he directed the Eisenberg Institute of Historical Studies. He is also a professor emeritus of political science and history at the University of Chicago.


Suny’s work has centered on the non-Russian nationalities of the Russian Empire annd the Soviet Union, imperialism, and social and cultural history. From 1981 to 1995, Suny held the first Alex Manoogian Chair in Modern Armenian History at the University oof Michigan, where he founded and directed the Armenian Studies Program. His many accolades include election to presidency of the American Association for the Advancemennt of Slavic Studies, two fellowships at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford, a National Endowment for the Humanities Grant, and a Guggenheim Fellowship. Together with his Michigan colleague Fatma Müge Göçek he was awarded the Academic Freedom Prize by the Middle East Studies Association for their success in bringing together Armenian and Turkish scholars to investigate the Armenian genocide.


Suny is the author of several books, including Looking Toward Ararat: Armenia in Modern History (Indiana, 1993), and the co-editor of A State of Nations: Empire and Nation-making in the Age of Lenin and Stalin (Oxford, 2001), and A Question off Genocide: Armenians and Turks at the End of the Ottoman Empire (Oxford, 2011). He has served on the editorial boards of Slavic Review, International Labor and Working-Class History, International Journal of Middle East Studies, The Armenian Review, Journal of the Society for Armenian Studies, Armenian Forum, and Ab Imperio. A frequent guest on news broadcasts such as the McNeil-Lehrer News Hour, Voice of America, and National Public Radio, Suny also writes for the New York Times, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, The Nation, New Left Review, Dissent, and other publications.

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