Department of HistoryUC Santa Barbara



JUNE 2022 - Ph.D. Department of History, UC Santa Barbara, UCSB

Dissertation: Reluctant Abolitionists: Slavery and Abolition in the Caucasus, 1801-1914

Examination Fields:   Russia/Soviet Union, Modern Europe, Modern Middle East, Borderlands

Dissertation Committee: Professors Adrienne Edgar (Chair), Sherene Seikaly, Bruce Grant, Vladimir Hamed-Troyansky, Erika Rappaport


JUNE 2014 - M.A. Department of Global & International Studies, UCSB


Masters Thesis: When Global Encounters National: The Plight of Iranian Refugees & Asylum Seekers in Turkey Post the Green Movement


JUNE 2012  - B.A. International Relations, UC Davis (summa cum laude)




“With the Tsar’s Imprimatur: The Sale Deed of a Circassian Slave, 1864,” in Russian-Arab Worlds: A Documentary History, ed. Eileen Kane, Masha Kirasirova, Margaret Litvin (Oxford University Press, 2023). ISBN: 9780197605769

“Of Leeches and Men: The South Caucasus in the Global Trade in Medicinal Leeches in the Nineteenth Century.” The Jordan Center Blog, NYU Jordan Center for the Advanced Study of Russia. January 2022.

“38 Years a Slave: The Narrative of Joseph & Transnational Slavery in the Caucasus,” Peripheral Histories?, March 2021.

Kali Yamboliev (co-author) “Unfortunately, Some Mistake Were Made”: Joseph Stalin and Public History in Post-Independence Georgia,” The Public Historian 42, no. 3 (2020): 33-60.

“Authenticity, Identity and Hegemony in the Context of Global Governance,” Perspectives on Global Development and Technology 13, no. 1-2 (2014): 281–295.



Review of Bellows, Amanda Brickell, American Slavery and Russian Serfdom in the Post-emancipation Imagination. H-Russia, H-Net Reviews. July, 2021. 



“The 'Strange' Insurrection of 1866 and the Abolition of Slavery in Abkhazia,” ICCEES (the International Council for Central 

and East European Studies) Virtual Convention, August 2-8, 2021.

“Take Me to Karbala: Body, Piety, & the Imperial Thanatopolitics in the Nineteenth Century Caucasus Shiʿa Community,” 

ASEEES Annual (Virtual) Convention, November 5-8, 2020.

“Mapping the Slave Trade and Breaking Slaves’ Silence in the Nineteenth Century Caucasus,” ASEEES Annual Convention, 

San Francisco, November 23-26, 2019.

“Reluctant Abolitionists: Captivity, Slavery, and the Slave Trade in the Nineteenth Century Caucasus,” ASEEES Annual Convention, 

Boston, December 6-9, 2018.

“Apostasy, Legality, and Religious Toleration in the Caucasus, 1838-1882,” International Conference on Unjust Borderlands: 

Injustice and Cultural Bordering, Greifswald University, Germany, May 3-5, 2017.

“From Russia with Tea: The Journey of the Russian Samovar into the Iranian Tea-Drinking Culture & National Identity,” 

Symposia Iranica: Third Biennial Iranian Studies Graduate Conference, University of Cambridge, Pembroke College, 

the United Kingdom, April 11-12, 2017.

“From Russia with Tea: The Journey of the Russian Samovar into the Iranian Tea-Drinking Culture & National Identity,” 

11th Biennial Iranian Studies Conference, University of Vienna, August 2-5, 2016.

“Apostasy & Legality in the Nineteenth Century Russian Caucasus,” 5th Biennial International Borderlands 

Graduate Student Conference: Forging Faith(s) in Global Borderlands, University of California, Santa Barbara, March 11-13, 2016.

“From Russia with Tea: The Journey of the Russian Samovar to Iran,” ASEEES Annual Convention, 

Philadelphia, November 19-22, 2015.



Russian (native speaker)

Farsi (intermediate)

Georgian (beginning)

Arabic (beginning)



American Research Institute of the South Caucasus
Association for Slavic, Eastern European, and Eurasian Studies

Association for Iranian Studies

International Council for Central and East European Studies

Middle East Studies Association
Santa Barbara Historical Museum
Santa Barbara Trust for Historic Preservation

Society of California Archivists