Department of History

Patryk Reid

  • Postdoctoral Fellow, Center for Russian and East European Studies


Russian and Soviet History
Modern Central Asia
Environmental History
Global History


Undergraduate Capstone in Russian and East European Studies (interdisciplinary)
Environmental Histories of Russian and Soviet Eurasia
Silk Roads of the Common Era (interdisciplinary)
Global History: Empire. From the Mongols to the Recent Past
Modern Europe Since 1939

Education & Training

  • 2016, PhD, History, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

Representative Publications

Managing Nature, Constructing the State: The Material Foundation of Soviet Empire in Tajikistan (manuscript in progress)

“Everyday Shipping: A Market in Early Soviet Tajikistan,” in “The Economic Turn and Modern Russian History,” special issue of Soviet and Post-Soviet Review 43, no. 3 (November 2016): 271-300. DOI: 10.1163/18763324-04303003

“‘Tajikistan’s Turksib’: Infrastructure and Improvisation in Economic Growth of the Vakhsh River Valley,” in “Stalinism and Central Asia: Actors, Projects and Governance,” special issue of Central Asian Survey 36, no. 1 (2017): 19-36. DOI: 10.1080/02634937.2016.1204533

Research Interests

My research focuses on environment, economic life, and mobility. I am writing a book titled Managing Nature, Constructing the State: The Material Foundation of Soviet Empire in Tajikistan. It examines problems in transportation and commodity chains on land and water in southern Central Asia and across the USSR in the1920s and 1930s, including infrastructure construction, freightage markets, border landscapes, and the roles of horses and camels. This emphasis on the tangible leads me to engage with understandings of post-colonial economic growth, and Soviet geography, modernity, and time.