Nicholas Bujalski

  • Assistant Professor of History.


  • 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, political, and intellectual 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 incarcerated radicals transformed the tsarist empire’s most notorious political prison into a revolutionary ‘holy site.’

Alongside broad surveys in Imperial Russian, Soviet, and Post-Soviet history, he also teaches courses on political and aesthetic avant-gardes, Eurasian orientalisms, Stalinism, and the history of ideas.

His latest research interests include histories of revolutionary and counter-revolutionary violence, as well as new perspectives on Russian Marxism and ‘Weird Bolshevism.’

His work has appeared in Modern Intellectual History, The Russian Review, and Marx & Philosophy Review of Books, 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 2024

Red Futures: Exploring Soviet Science Fiction — FYSP 018
Stalinism — HIST 481

Spring 2025

Russian History II — HIST 108
Europe's East: Orientalisms from Russia to the Balkans — HIST 440