Dr Michael Loader
- Lecturer in Central and East European Studies (Central & East European Studies)
I took up a permanent post as a Lecturer in Soviet history within the Central and East European Studies in the School of Social & Political Sciences in March 2023.
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.
In March 2020, I began a three-year Leverhulme Trust Early Career Fellow at the University of Glasgow, working on a project entitled ‘Centre-Periphery Relations in Flux: National Politics in the Soviet Borderlands’.
I am also one of two Editors of the Journal of Baltic Studies, where I have been involved in the editing of the Journal since 2018.
My publications have appeared in Europe-Asia Studies, Nationalities Papers, the Slavonic and East European Review and the Journal of Baltic Studies, and I have edited, and contributed to, several edited volumes. I have written on issues of Soviet nationality politics, the Soviet Communist Party, Soviet Latvia, and centre-periphery relations in the USSR.
My interest in Soviet history was nurtured by the dynamic and committed teaching and supervision that I received as undergraduate and Masters student at the University of Hull. I endeavour to create the same kind of encouraging environment to students wishing to explore the history of the Soviet Union at the University of Glasgow.
I welcome students for dissertation supervision in Soviet and East European history.
- Soviet Disunion: Nationalities Issues in the USSR