Harrison King

PhD Candidate

Late Modern Europe

My current research focuses on the intersection of Imperial Russian/Soviet history and Ottoman/Turkish history in the Caucasus. I am primarily interested in the intertwined collapse of these neighboring empires and the emergence of radically new states in their wake. My proposed dissertation project seeks to examine parallels between Kemalist and Soviet state-building campaigns in the 1920s-1930s on the Soviet-Turkish border.


BA in Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies & International Studies (Miami University), 2011

MA in Comparative History (Central European University), 2015

Research Interests

  • Nations and Nationalism
  • Comparative Empires
  • Borderland Studies
  • Political Geography
  • Memory Studies
  • Oral History

Awards & Fellowships

Summer Fellowship for Advanced Turkish | American Research Institute in Turkey (2019)

Academic-Year FLAS Fellowship for Turkish | UC Berkeley, Center for Middle Eastern Studies (2018-19)

Summer Research Fellowship | UC Berkeley, Institute for Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies (2018)

Michael I. Gurevich Prize | UC Berkeley Dept. of History (2018)

Monterey Summer Symposium on Russia, Fellowship (2017)

Alfa Fellowship Program | Moscow, Russia (2016-17)

Outstanding Academic Achievement Award | Central European University (2015)

Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship | Azerbaijan (2012-13)

Carnegie Endowment for International Peace Junior Fellowship (2011-12)

American Council of Teachers of Russian Scholar Laureate (2011)

Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Grant for Russian (2010)