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About Me
Northern Illinois University

Assistant Professor

Research Topic, region and time period (one line)
Industry and environment in the Soviet north

You and your research (brief description)
I am working on a book that examines the environmental history of economic transformation in the Russian north during the twentieth century. It asks questions about the relationship between nature and power in the Soviet Union, the forms of interaction with the environment that developed in communist systems, and the role of the Arctic in global environmental history. The study is based on an in-depth examination of a range of industries on the Kola Peninsula in the northwest corner of Russia. I also have several article-length projects that address industrial waste and Soviet environmental performance, the environmental history of the Russian Revolution, and environmental subjectivity in the Soviet Union. Future projects will focus on the Tunguska explosion of 1908 and Eurasian climate history.

Key publication
Andy Bruno, “Tumbling Snow: Vulnerability to Avalanches in the Soviet North,” Environmental History 18, no. 4 (October 2013): 683-709.

Key publication
Andy Bruno, “Industrial Life in a Limiting Landscape: An Environmental Interpretation of Stalinist Social Conditions in the Far North,” International Review of Social History 55, Supplement S18: “Globalization, Environmental Change, and Social History” (December 2010): 153-174.

Key publication
Andy Bruno, “Making Reindeer Soviet: The Appropriation of an Animal on the Kola Peninsula,” in Jane Costlow and Amy Nelson, eds., Other Animals: Beyond the Human in Russian Culture and History (Pittsburgh: University of Pittsburgh Press, 2010), 117-137.

Key Publication
Andy Bruno, “Russian Environmental History: Directions and Potentials,” Kritika: Explorations in Russian and Eurasian History 8, no. 3 (Summer 2007): 635-650.

Arctic, Arctic, Climate, Modern History, Industry & Technology, Russia, Environmental Disasters

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