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Stephen Badalyan Riegg

Stephen Badalyan Riegg
Associate Professor
Areas of Speciality
  • Imperial Russia
  • European Empires
  • Caucasus
  • (979) 845-7151
  • Melbern G. Glasscock Building, 208B
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Ph.D. University of North Carolina 2016

Research Interests

Dr. Stephen Badalyan Riegg’s research and teaching interests revolve around the histories of Modern Europe, Imperial Russia, and the Caucasus.

His award-winning book, Russia’s Entangled Embrace: The Tsarist Empire and The Armenians, 1801-1914, traces the relationship between the Romanov state and the Armenian diaspora that populated Russia’s territorial fringes and navigated the tsarist empire’s metropolitan centers. Analyzing the complexities of this imperial encounter—beyond the reductive question of whether Russia was a friend or foe to Armenians—allows us to study the methods of tsarist imperialism in the context of diasporic distribution, inter-imperial conflict and alliance, nationalism, and religious and economic identity.

Dr. Riegg has conducted archival fieldwork in St. Petersburg, Moscow, Tbilisi, and Yerevan. His research has appeared in the journals The Russian ReviewAb Imperio, Nationalities Papers, and Cahiers du Monde russe.

He is currently on research leave as a Kluge Fellow at the Library of Congress, where he is studying Russian officials’ perceptions of trans-imperial mobility in the Caucasus in the 1800s.