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Alun Thomas

  • Job title: Lecturer
  • Department: School of Law, Policing and Forensics

Background

I joined Staffordshire University in September 2017. Before this, I worked as a Tutor and Lecturer at the University of Sheffield, Manchester Metropolitan University, the University of Leicester, Nottingham Trent University and the University of Nottingham.

My research to date has concerned the modern history of Russia and Central Asia. I began my doctoral studies in September 2011, funded by a full AHRC studentship. My doctoral thesis, ‘Kazakh Nomads and the New Soviet State, 1919-1934’ described the treatment of nomadic peoples by the Communist Party in the early Soviet period. It built upon original research in archives in Almaty, Kazakhstan and Moscow, Russia. The thesis is reviewed here.

My first book emerged from my doctoral research and included further archival research in Bishek, Kyrgyzstan. Nomads and Soviet Rule: Central Asia under Lenin and Stalin was awarded the Alexander Nove Prize for scholarly work of high quality in Russian, Soviet and post-Soviet studies by BASEES for the year 2018.

I continue to work on early Soviet history in Central Eurasia and beyond. My present research also concerns contemporary Central Eurasia and its post-Soviet transition.

Publications

An Empire Remembered? Collectivization and Colonialism in Mukhamet Shayakhmetov’s 'TheSilent Steppe' in Dirk Göttsche (ed.), Memory and Postcolonial Studies: Synergies and New Directions across Literatures from Europe, Africa and the Americas (Peter Lang, 2018).

Nomads and Soviet Rule: Central Asia from Lenin to Stalin (I.B. Tauris, 2018).

‘The Caspian Disputes: Nationalism and Nomadism in Early Soviet Central Asia’, The Russian Review 76:3 (2017), pp. 502-525.

‘On Guard at BAMlag: Representations of Guards in the 1930s Gulag Press’, The Soviet and Post-Soviet Review, 4:11 (2014), pp. 3-32.