Dr Michael Loader

  • Research Fellow (Central & East European Studies)

email: Michael.Loader@glasgow.ac.uk

9 Lilybank Gardens, R302, Hillhead, Glasgow, G12 8RZ

ORCID iDhttps://orcid.org/0000-0002-2307-5035


I have been a Leverhulme Early Career Fellow at the Department of Central and East European Studies in the School of Social & Political Sciences since March 2020.

I received my PhD in the History of the Soviet Union from King’s College London in 2015 with a thesis entitled ‘The Thaw in Soviet Latvia: National Politics 1953-1959’.

Before coming to Glasgow, I was a Postdoctoral Fellow at the International Centre for the History and Sociology of WWII and its Consequences at the Higher School of Economics in Moscow between 2016 and 2017. I was then a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Institute of Russian and Eurasian Studies at Uppsala University in Sweden between 2017 and 2020. 

I am also the Assistant Editor of the Journal of Baltic Studies.

During my three-year Leverhulme Trust Early Career Fellowship at the University of Glasgow I will be working on a project entitled ‘Centre-Periphery Relations in Flux: National Politics in the Soviet Borderlands’.

My publications have appeared in Europe-Asia StudiesNationalities Papers, the Slavonic and East European Review and the Journal of Baltic Studies. I have written on issues of Soviet nationality politics, the Soviet Communist Party, Soviet Latvia and centre-periphery relations in the USSR, and offer undergraduate supervision in these areas.


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Undergraduate Teaching

  • Central and East European Studies Level 1