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Audrey L. Altstadt

Former Fellow


    September 1, 2014 — May 30, 2015

    Professional affiliation

    Professor of History, University of Massachusetts, Amherst

    Wilson Center Projects

    “Why Unblooms the Hope: “Frustrated Democracy in Post-Soviet Azerbaijan.”

    Full Biography

    Audrey L. Altstadt is author of dozens of articles on Azerbaijan's history, politics and culture, and forthcoming book, Culture Wars in Soviet Azerbaijan, 1920-1940. She has worked in Azerbaijani archives since 1980 and consulted with the US Foreign Service, Radio Liberty, US Institute of Peace, the CSCE, Freedom House. She earned her PhD from the University of Chicago and received an honorary doctorate from Khazar University (Baku) as well as awards and fellowships from IREX, Harvard Russian Research Center, the Kennan Institute, Mellon Foundation and others.

    Major Publications

    Culture Wars in Soviet Azerbaijan, 1920-1940. forthcoming

    “Azerbaijan and Aliyev: A Long History and an Uncertain Future,” Problems of Post-Communism. September-October 2003.

    The Azerbaijani Turks: Power and Identity Under Russian Rule. Hoover Institution Press, 1992

    Previous Terms

    Short-Term Grant, Kennan Institute. Associate Professor, University of Massachusetts, Amherst. "History of Azerbaijan under Russian/Soviet Rule". January 1989.