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Professor of History, Russian, and Slavic Studies, New York University

Gerhard Casper Fellow - Class of Fall 2021

Yanni Kotsonis is the founding director of the Jordan Center for the Advanced Study of Russia at New York University. He received his BA from Concordia University, MA from the University of London, and PhD from Columbia University. He is the author of Making Peasants Backward: Agricultural Cooperatives and the Agrarian Question in Russia, 1861-1914 (Macmillan, 1999) and States of Obligation: Citizenship and Taxation in Imperial and Early Soviet Russia (Toronto, 2014), which won the Wallace K. Ferguson Book Prize from the Canadian Historical Association, Ed Hewett Book Prize in Political Economy from the Association for Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies (ASEEES), and Davis Book Prize in Social Science. Kotsonis has also edited several volumes, including a forthcoming issue on the Greek Revolution in the Journal of Modern Greek Studies. His work has been supported by the National Council for Eurasian and East European Research and ACLS-SSRC Joint Committee on the Soviet Union and Its Successor States, among others.

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