Erik R. Scott

Associate Professor, Department of History, University of Kansas
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Erik R. Scott serves as Editor of The Russian Review. Previously, he served as Associate Editor for the journal. His research explores migration and diaspora within and beyond the borders of Russia and Eurasia. His first book, Familiar Strangers: The Georgian Diaspora and the Evolution of Soviet Empire, received the Vice Chancellor for Research Book Publication Award, was an honorable mention for the Council for European Studies Book Award, and a finalist for both the Central Eurasian Studies Book Award and the Joseph Rothschild Prize in Nationalism and Ethnic Studies. He is now at work on a second book, Treason in Transit: Soviet Defectors and the Borders of the Cold War World, which follows the movement of people across Soviet state lines through a global study of Soviet defection. His work has been awarded grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the American Council of Learned Societies, the American Philosophical Society, and Fulbright-Hays, among others. In addition to his historical research, he is the author of several publications on contemporary Russia and Eurasia.

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