Nicholas Bujalski

  • Visiting Assistant Professor of Russian and East European Studies
  • Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow


  • PhD, Cornell University, 2020
  • MA, Cornell University, 2015
  • BA, Middlebury College, 2011


Nicholas Bujalski is a historian of modern Russia with a particular interest in cultural, intellectual, and spatial history. His book project—Russia’s Peter and Paul Fortress: From Heart of Empire to Museum of the Revolution, 1825-1930—explores how generations of radical writers and activists transformed the tsarist empire’s most notorious political prison into a revolutionary ‘holy site.’

Alongside broad surveys in pre-modern, imperial, and twentieth-century Russian history, his teaching interests also include upper-level seminars on political and aesthetic avant-gardes, critical geography, Russian orientalism, and trans-European intellectual histories.

He is currently pursuing new research on the cultural history of death in revolutionary Russia, as well as a reevaluation of the theory of Combined and Uneven Development in the history of ideas.

His work has taken him to over a dozen archives in both Russia and Western Europe and has been supported by fellowships from the Social Science Research Council, the Association for Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies, and the Cornell Institute for European Studies.

Fall 2023

Red Futures: Exploring Soviet Science Fiction — FYSP 018
Constructing the Russian Revolutionary Self — HIST 360

Spring 2024

Russian History I — HIST 107
Bandits, Terrorists, Partisans: Non-State Political Violence in Modern Europe — HIST 234
History of Space, History of Time — HIST 425