Christopher Campbell

c.campbell.4@research.gla.ac.uk

Research title: The Splintering of an Empire: US policy towards the non-Russian republics of the Soviet Union 1977-1992

Research Summary

My doctorate traces US and Western policy towards the non-Russian republics of the Soviet Union, from the 1970’s through to the Soviet collapse. 

Research interests

  • International history of the Cold War
  • US and British policy towards Russia and Eastern Europe
  • Soviet/Russian foreign policy
  • 20th Century Central and East European history
  • Cold War religious history and church-state relations
  • Intersection of religion with foreign policy, human rights and nationalism

Publications

Book chapter:

“Keston Reports Harassment of Uniates,” in Julie deGraffenried and Zoe

 Knox, eds, Voices of the Voiceless: Religion, Communism and the

Keston Archive (Waco: Baylor University Press, 2019)

Grants

Grants and awards

January 2019              O’Donnell research grant for the George HW Bush Presidential Library, Scowcroft Institute,  Texas A&M University

April 2018                    University of Glasgow travel and fieldwork award

March 2018                 BASEES fieldwork research grant

November 2017          Baylor University visiting researcher grant

October 2017              David Fleming-Brown Travel Scholarship

September 2017         Royal Historical Society postgrad fieldwork grant

March 2017                 University of Glasgow travel and fieldwork award

October 2007              CRCEES Masters scholarship

Conference

Selected Conference Papers

 

June 2019 SHAFR Annual Conference, Arlington, Virginia

‘US policy towards Soviet Ukraine, 1983-1991’

 

April 2019 BASEES Annual Conference, Cambridge University

‘Human Rights, Religious Freedom and the Growing Democracy

Movement in late-Soviet Ukraine’

 

April 2018 BASEES Annual Conference, Cambridge University

‘A house divided? The Russian Orthodox Church and the Cold War ecumenical movement’

 

September 2017 BISA’s US Foreign Policy Working Group conference, University of Edinburgh

‘A shining city upon a hill? Religion and US Foreign Policy in the age of Trump and beyond’

 

April 2017 Midwest Slavic Conference, Ohio State University

‘Persecuted at home, promoted abroad: The Role of the Russian Orthodox Church in Soviet foreign policy’

 

March 2017 BASEES Annual Conference, Cambridge University

‘Persecuted at home, promoted abroad: The Role of the Russian Orthodox Church in Soviet foreign policy’

Teaching

Classes taught while at University of Glasgow:

  • ‘Communism and its Collapse’- the Soviet Union during the Cold War
  • Comparative Politics – comparing the political systems of Russia, Germany and China

Additional Information

I am a PhD student researching the international history of the Cold War, with a focus on US and British engagement with the republics of the Soviet Union. Within this area I explore the role of state and non-state actors, transnational networks and ideas. I am interested in the strategic thought of Western policymakers towards the Soviet republics and states of Eastern Europe, the activism of human rights organisations involved in the region, and the part played by churches and religious organisations.

I have a specific interest in the religious history of the Cold War, on both sides of the Iron Curtain, and how this intersected with foreign policy, human rights and democracy promotion, and the growing nationalism of the period.

I have a background in Russian/Soviet/Eastern European history and politics more generally, with research interests across the 20th Century history of the region.